The government on Saturday said it could soon implement direct benefit transfer for fertiliser subsidy, just a day after the Lok Sabha cleared a Bill to offer statutory backing to Aadhaar.
Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said: “Now, the idea is to roll it out in respect of other subsidies like fertiliser and food. It will be done slowly and calibrated manner without creating any disruption or without creating any difficulties for ultimate beneficiaries.”
At present, Aadhaar is being used to offer LPG subsidy as well as in some other programmes. Das added that the “game-changing phase” of legislation will ensure that benefit reaches the intended beneficiary and leakages and transmission losses are prevented. “DBT and Aadhaar framework will be linked. Now, we have a statutory backing for the whole exercise which earlier we didn’t have,” he noted.