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In Karnal, only 398 consumers eligible for LPG cash transfer

Vishal Joshi , Hindustan Times  Karnal, September 23, 2013
First Published: 22:38 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:39 IST(23/9/2013)

With only 398 LPG subscribers having linked their Aadhar numbers with the gas agencies and banks in Karnal district, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has a herculean task to cover all consumers for the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)-LPG scheme.

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Under the plan, the authorities will start depositing subsidy amount directly to the bank accounts of LPG consumers.

It will be done on the basis of the bank account numbers mentioned in the Aadhar forms.
Of the total 15.05 lakh population of the district, 11.53 lakh have got themselves enrolled for the unique Aadhar numbers.

However, of the total population, only 7.44 lakh (49.46%) have been able to get their Aadhar numbers.

According to Hema Sharma, nodal officer (also the Indri subdivision magistrate) appointed by the district administration to look after Aadhar registration drive, only 398 residents of the district had completed all formalities for being eligible to get the subsidy transferred to their respective bank accounts.

Karnal residents will start getting the DBT-LPG from December 1.

Sharma said that a comprehensive enrolment drive had been started at various places in the district.

“It is true that only a few number of Aadhar subscribers of Karnal have seeded their unique numbers with the LPG dealers and the banks. We have directed the local bank managements and the dealers to apprise their subscribers of providing their (Aadhar subscribers) information to their respective offices,” she said.

Sharma said that as per the central government, all LPG consumers who had not linked their Aadhaar numbers to LPG consumer numbers and their bank accounts will have a three-month grace period from the date of launch to do so.

“Those who could link their Aadhar numbers with the banks and LPG booking centres will get cash directly, but we are awaiting the methodology for it. Currently, our focus is on the enrolment drive as it has already been put on the priority list of the UIDAI,” she added.


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