DBTL to be re-launched in five districts of state on Nov 15
The direct benefit transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme will be re-launched in five districts of the state on November 15 with certain modifications after the previous UPA government at the Centre had suspended it in January this year.
The union petroleum ministry has included five districts — Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Ludhiana, Barnala and Faridkot — in the first phase of the re-launch.
As per the new modification, those LPG consumers do not have Aadhaar cards will also be eligible to get cash subsidy directly in their accounts.
The consumers will have to give details of their bank accounts to the gas agency concerned to avail the subsidy.
Those who do not have bank accounts will continue to get LPG supply for a period of three months, a grace period.
Earlier, LPG consumers had suffered a lot due to non-availability of Aadhaar numbers despite their enrollment for UID cards and government had suffered huge embarrassment for this.
Officials of various oil companies have also initiated communicating with the respective districts about the scheme.
Dharmendra Pradhan, union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, had held a meeting with the officials of oil companies in Jalandhar through video-conferencing on October 24 and asked them to start process of re-launching the scheme.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) chief area manager Rajeev Patel said Aadhaar numbers will not be mandatory for LPG consumers to avail cash subsidy this time.
He said cash subsidy will be transferred to the bank accounts of consumers who have not have Aadhaar link with their LPG connections.
“We have started preparations for the scheme re-launch. We are waiting for directions from the ministry as how much money will be transferred,” Patel said.
In Nawanshahr, around 90 per cent of a total of 1.5 lakh LPG consumers have linked their Aadhaar and bank accounts with LPG connections.
As per details gathered from the food supplies department, the Aadhaar details of only 2.41 lakh LPG consumers of a total of 5.14 lakh were given to gas agencies in Jalandhar district before suspension of the scheme in January.
A food and supplies department official said last time linking Aadhaar card with bank accounts for direct transfer of subsidies proved costly for consumers as they were not getting the exact amount of subsidy.
These factors, he added, hampered the scheme and people started protesting against the government over this.
Agency Total LPG consumers (in Jalandhar till Jan this year)
BPC ----- 81,400
IOC ----- 3,29,759
HPC ----- 1,12,268