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EC asks Jagan to stop disbursing payments under DBT schemes

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday stopped the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government in Andhra Pradesh from disbursing payments under direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes

The YSR Congress party (YSRCP) has expressed deep concern over the continued obstruction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes by the Election Commission. (PTI)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Ex-PM Manmohan Singh retires from Rajya Sabha after 33 years

Manmohan Singh, 91, was the third PM from the Rajya Sabha after Indira Gandhi (in her first term) and Inder Kumar Gujral.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being escorted after casting his vote for the presidential election, at Parliament House, in New Delhi,on July 18, 2022 (HT File)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 10:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Fraudulent loan app circulates morphed picture of Bengaluru woman and daughter

She claimed the money had been credited into her account without submitting any loan request.

Fraudulent loan app circulates morphed picture of Bengaluru woman and daughter
Published on Feb 12, 2024 10:24 AM IST

Swami Vivekananda's vision being realised under PM Modi's leadership: Jitendra Singh

Swami Vivekananda's vision being realised under PM Modi's leadership: Jitendra Singh

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Updated on Jan 13, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Haryana identifies 36.7 lakh ghost beneficiaries

Haryana government has identified about 36.74 lakh ghost beneficiaries by putting in place the direct benefit transfer (DBT) mechanism for 74 schemes. The DBT initiative has yielded notional savings amounting to about ₹7,822 crore from 2014-15 to 2022-23 fiscal.

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said that out of the 83 schemes implemented by various government departments, benefits from 74 schemes have been notified under the DBT mechanism and have been linked to the Aadhaar card. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Jharkhand govt’s petrol subsidy scheme fails to attract consumers: Data

State food civil minister Rameshwar Oraon, also the finance minister, admitted the scheme’s failure, saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

Jharkhand government scheme aiming to provide consumers with a subsidy of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>25 per litre on petrol failed to attract beneficiaries (Agencies File)
Published on Nov 04, 2023 10:02 PM IST
ByRaj Kumar, Ranchi

Khattar highlights anti-graft measures, economic growth

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government’s focus has been on transcending divisive issues such as casteism, regionalism, and nepotism, with a primary focus on holistic development in the state

Khattar highlights anti-graft measures, economic growth
Updated on Oct 27, 2023 07:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

1k pension for transgenders among key Jharkhand cabinet decisions

The Jharkhand cabinet, on Wednesday, paved the way for major schemes, including pension for transgenders and providing bicycles to Class 8 students belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), Backward Class (BC), and other minority communities, who have not received them since the financial year 2020-21.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren being greeted by the state government employees after a cabinet meeting in Ranchi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 09:56 PM IST
ByRaj Kumar, Ranchi

Allahabad HC seeks reply in PIL on ‘anomalies’ in direct transfer of grant to farmers

Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has given two weeks’ time to the state government to file counter affidavit (reply)

The court has listed the case for next hearing after two weeks. (For Representation)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 11:21 PM IST
By, Lucknow

One mobile number linked to 5,019 applications, finds CAG audit of DBT schemes

An audit of India's Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme found irregularities, including fake caste certificates and ineligible applicants receiving scholarships. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report also criticised the lack of monitoring to ensure scholarship benefits were reaching eligible applicants. The CAG recommended data verification through biometric attendance and cross-verification of income claims using registered mobile numbers. The DBT scheme aims to eliminate intermediaries and improve the delivery of benefits such as scholarships, wage payments, and subsidies.

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Updated on Aug 05, 2023 12:32 AM IST

Transfer of funds to cow protection centres via DBT begins in U.P.

U.P. animal husbandry minister Dharmpal Singh transfers more than ₹9.11 crore through DBT to 776 cow protection centres in 20 districts in the first phase

The amount to remaining 55 districts will be transferred in the same manner. (For Representation)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 10:48 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Strengthening digital financial inclusion in payments to women

This paper has been authored by Sunaina Kumar from ORF.

Indian Economy (Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 21, 2023 01:32 PM IST

22 lakh BPL families may not get cash immediately under Anna Bhagya scheme

Over 22 lakh families in Karnataka may not immediately receive assistance under the Anna Bhagya scheme as they do not have bank accounts.

The Anna Bhagya scheme in Karnataka pledges to provide additional 5 kg of free rice to every member of a BPL household. (ANI Photo)(Arunkumar Rao)
Published on Jul 10, 2023 10:28 AM IST

Karnataka: Bank transfer for Anna Bhagya scheme to begin on Monday evening

Direct bank transfers under Karnataka's Anna Bhagya scheme to begin on Monday evening, providing cash instead of rice to BPL households.

K H Muniyappa said CM Siddaramaiah is expected to launch the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) on Monday evening.
Published on Jul 08, 2023 06:37 PM IST

Women testing water quality in rural areas doing great work: Swatantra Dev

U.P. Jal Shakti minister said after women were tasked with testing the water quality under Jal Jeevan Mission, the household tap connection scheme moved forward at a rapid pace

Jal Shakti minister Swatantra Dev Singh. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 11:32 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Discoms in Uttar Pradesh mull DBT mechanism

Under the proposed system, consumers will have to pay the full bill to discoms at the normal tariff and the state government will give subsidies directly to the consumers

Initially, the DBT may be started as a pilot project in a district or a zone, instead of the entire state. But it has to be done as the Centre is also asking for DBT of power subsidies, said an energy department official. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 30, 2023 09:20 PM IST

Corrupt Oppn parties snubbed by court: PM

The PM expressed regret over the lack of cooperation from the state government leading to delays in development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the flagging off ceremony of Vande Bharat Express in Hyderabad on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 10:56 PM IST

In a 1st, Yogi govt transfers funds to mid-day meal cooks for buying uniform sarees

Each cook is to get a pair of sarees worth ₹500 worth, said state education department officials. This would be annual thing which means that the cooks will get money for a new pair of saree unform every year.

This is for the first time that the state government has released funds to purchase uniform for the cooks. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 06:23 PM IST

Don’t let attacks deter you, Modi advises CBI

Asking agencies not to be deterred by attacks on them by the corrupt, however powerful, the PM said his government does not lack political will to take on the malaise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of CBI in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 11:50 PM IST
ByNeeraj Chauhan, New Delhi

BJP looks to blunt graft charge, focus on ‘delivery of promises’ in Karnataka

The party will navigate the election pitch towards “delivery of promises” and “no leakages”, a BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.

While the BJP was banking on chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s “clean image” to retain power in the state, allegations of graft and irregularities levelled against the government by a section of people including teachers and builders came as a shot in the arm for the opposition. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 01:21 AM IST
BySmriti Kak Ramach, New Delhi

Over 226 crore Aadhaar authenticated this month: UIDAI

Around 1,700 central and state social welfare direct benefit transfer (DBT) and good governance schemes have been notified.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit number that links to the biometric and iris data of an individual, creating a unique identity.(Reuters)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 07:43 PM IST

'A logistical marvel': IMF hails India's direct cash transfer scheme

The IMF official pointed to the success of technological innovations in India and the use of the unique identification system, the Aadhaar, in making the cash transfer scheme a success.

Vitor Gaspar, second from left, director of the Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF, Paolo Mauro, second from right, deputy director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department.(AP)
Updated on Oct 13, 2022 07:20 AM IST
By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav

'Inaccurate': Govt slams magazine article claiming digital divide in India

A recent article pointed out that while Aadhaar has propelled conveniences as digital payments, millions are still left out of the tech-based government benefits because of India’s size and poverty and challenges in areas of electricity supply and data connectivity.

A recent article in a renowned interntational magazine highlighted that the India's digital-first solutions are inaccessible to millions, which the government claimed is a ‘biased observation’. (Representational photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2021 02:36 PM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC to release fellowship funds without confirmation from institutes

The higher education regulator in a public notice stated that the payments of November are being processed now and the pending fellowship amounts till October 2020 have been released.

UGC building.(HT file)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 10:20 AM IST
New Delhi | ByAsian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari

CM Yogi Adityanath transfers Rs 104.82 crore to 10.48 lakh families of labourers

The Uttar Pradesh government was setting up a migration commission to provide jobs to migrant workers/labourers, the chief minister reiterated. He said 35 lakh migrant labourers had to return home in adverse circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a meeting with the officers of 'Covid-19 management team-11' in Lucknow.(ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2020 07:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent

How the humble LPG cylinder is changing lives of rural women

In a nutshell, the Ujjwala scheme is heralding “The Blue Flame Revolution”. It is impacting the lives of poor rural women by empowering and allowing them leisure time which they rightfully deserve.

Beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Parliament house, New Delhi, August 3, 2018(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 10, 2019 05:14 PM IST
ByVijayashree Yellappa

Digital infra, Aadhaar, cellphones can expand outreach of schemes

As the government shifted gears in welfare measures and flagship programmes such as MGNREGS, Ujjwala (free cooking gas connections) and the PM Awas Yojna (housing scheme), it relied heavily on technology to identify real beneficiaries and curb leakages.

The Survey added: “Second, verifying the identity of genuine beneficiaries and transferring wages directly into their bank accounts posed problems.”(HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2020 11:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India’s mega digital infrastructure can boost social scheme outreach

The Survey said that India’s mega digital infrastructure, linking the Aadhaar unique identity number, bank accounts and mobile phones, can “expand the reach of the programmes through provision of micro-insurance, micropensions and micro-credit to people in every corner of the country”.

Updated on Jul 05, 2019 08:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Naveen Patnaik to be sworn in as Odisha CM for the fifth time on May 29

BJD leader from Ganjam district, Bikram Kesari Arukh, proposed Naveen Patnaik’s name as the leader of BJD Legislature Party and it was seconded by other top leaders.

BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was elected the BJD legislature party leader by the newly elected MLAs at a meeting held at the party headquarters.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2019 10:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

India’s data-driven governance regime is not foolproof

It serves as a reminder of the dangers and vulnerabilities of data when they are deployed without adequate investments in quality, objectivity and credibility. This is now a challenge for the new government.

Economists Abhijit Banerji and Shrayana Bhattacharya in a recent article note the existence of as many as 400 MIS systems for monitoring the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes, a number far beyond what most middle income countries report. Technology has also enabled administrative data to become increasingly more sophisticated.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 27, 2019 06:20 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar
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