Direct benefit transfer: States should follow Chandigarh model, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked all states to follow the example of union territories of Chandigarh and Puducherry, who have closed the public distribution system (PDS) and successfully implemented the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme.

WHAT MADE MODI SAY THIS?
  • Implementation of Aadhaar-enabled DBT has led to removal of thousands of bogus entries from the city’s list of households availing themselves of the public distribution system (PDS), which are now pegged at 56,000
  • The UT has achieved 100% direct benefit scheme for 2.7 lakh liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consumers
  • The merit scholarship for weaker sections and minorities are now being disbursed directly into the accounts of beneficiaries
  • Even pension amounts are being transferred directly to the Aadhaar-enabled bank accounts of widows, senior citizens and physically challenged beneficiaries.
  • The UT has also implemented Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) through Aadhaar-enabled payment system. It covers more than 1,100 beneficiaries

Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarians of northern states at Delhi, Modi said: “Everyone should get the benefits of the central government’s schemes and programs.” This was the sixth round of informal meeting with party MPs of Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir at his residence.

“Due to the closure of the PDS system in Chandigarh and Puducherry, the money is being deposited in the beneficiary’s account directly,” said Modi. “This system should also be implemented in other states.”

The PM said that ban on kerosene in Chandigarh and Haryana has ended corruption in its allocation.

During the meeting, the parliamentarians discussed various issues with the PM and apprised him about the growing faith of public towards policies of the government. They also informed him as to how public and small traders are supporting the goods and services tax in their state.