PM delivers a game changer
Though the salutary impact of the move on this yearís Budget will be minimal, the direct cash transfer scheme would doubtless give a potent tool to the government in subsequent years in its fiscal consolidation efforts. The scheme could help curb the subsidy outgo and reduce leakage in social infrastructure funding.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-headed National Committee on Direct Cash Transfers on Monday decided to roll out the cash transfer programme across the country. Apart from disbursal of various subsidies, doles related to health, education and financial inclusion would also be distributed using this platform.
According to government sources, Mondayís meeting of the committee saw discussions on how to move forward and operationalise direct cash transfers. Devising detailed rollout plans and ensuring rapid rollout for better coverage were also discussed and plans have been more or less finalised.
As per the programme, all departments engaged in transferring benefits to individual beneficiaries will quickly move to an electronic direct cash transfer system, based on an Aadhaar Payment Bridge or APB and identify the schemes to move to this system. They will also prepare a roadmap for the rollout to be smooth and fast.
As far as the current
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