Direct Cash Transfer scheme fails to take off in the State
January 1, 2013 - Hyderabad
The much hyped Direct Benefits Transfer scheme (Direct Cash Transfer) of the UPA II has failed to take off in the State due to delay in linking of bank accounts of the beneficiaries with the Aadhar number. Five districts in the state have been identified for the pilot project that was to be launched on January 1, 2013. The DCT will now be launched in East Godavari on January 6. The scheme in Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Chittoor and Anantapur will be launched on January 15.
Despite the delay, finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said that the scheme will be implemented in all the 23 districts of the State beginning April. The delay is due to the failure to bring some key banks under the Aadhar-based platform. Several number of families in the select districts are also yet to get their Aadhar cards bearing the UDAI numbers.
About 90 per cent of the accounts of the beneficiaries in East Godavari have already been linked allowing the government to get ready launch the pilot phase in the district within a week.
The purpose of the Direct Cash Transfer scheme is to ensure that the benefits go directly to the bank accounts of beneficiaries electronically cutting down delays.