NEW DELHI: Beneficiaries getting subsidies through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) into their bank accounts have crossed the 30-crore mark and the government has now fixed a 2017-end target to transfer all subsidies through an Aadhaar-enabled DBT.
In February, the centre transferred Rs 4,707 crore to 30.01-crore beneficiaries through the DBT mechanism, but only 35 per cent of such transfers — Rs 1,630 crore to be precise — were using the Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) while the rest were using the Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) while the rest were using simple electronic fund transfers into bank accounts of the beneficiaries, as per a report sent to the the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and accessed by ET.
“With the new Aadhaar Act in force now, government has to aim to make all payments through the APB to eliminate any chance of leakage or payments to wrong beneficiaries. There is now a deadline of December 2017 for 100 per cent Aadhaar-enabled DBT payments,” a top government official told ET.
To achieve this, the government is now on a campaign mode to complete Aadhaar seeding in its databases and DBT bank accounts which stands at 63 per cent at present. The target is to complete 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding by December 2016 into bank accounts of those receiving the three major benefits — MGNREGA, LPG Pahal and the National Social Assistance Programme.