Direct cash transfer not easy to implement: Oil Secy
"Earlier UIDAI had said they will reach 80 per cent penetration in the 31 districts by April but now they say they will expedite the process, so may be in February can be launch the scheme in those districts," he said.
Sources in the Petroleum Ministry said another hinderance in the rollout of direct cash subsidy transfer scheme is that less than half of the beneficiaries currently have bank accounts.
Absence of bank branches in key locations in the districts is one of the reasons for the beneficiaries not having bank accounts.
Also, before issuing LPG subsidy, consumers who hold more than one LPG connection would have to be identified.
While it is possible to identify consumers with more than one connection with the same oil company, it is difficult to trace ones who have multiple connections from different companies.
The government had in September decided to restrict supply of subsidised LPG to 6 cylinders per household in a year. Any requirement above that would have to be purchased at market price.
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