Direct cash transfer scheme to take up food subsidy later

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2013, 09:31am hrs
The government said on Wednesday that the Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme has already rolled out services such as scholarships and salary and food and LPG subsidies would be taken up at a later stage.

...Food and LPG will be taken up at a later stage. But salary and scholarships are now being given to the beneficiaries directly, said Srikant Kumar Jena, minister of state (independent charge) for statistics and programme implementation.

The minister was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the national review meeting of Twenty-Point Programme-2006 (TPP-2006) with state and union territory governments and central nodal ministries.

He further said that the government plans to implement the DCT scheme throughout the country from April.

By this April onwards, it (DCT) will be implemented throughout the country. That has been assured in the presidents address itself, the minister said.

Detailing the progress of TPP-2006, the minister said it is a flagship scheme of the government with the main aim to eradicate poverty.

Since 2006 we have modified this programme to some extent and many new programmes have been taken... poverty eradication is the main aim of this programme, he said.

The minister said his ministry reviews the programme annually at the national level to assess if the schemes are having the desired effect and also to bring changes when needed.

The Twenty Point Programme was launched in 1975 and was restructured in 1982, 1986 and in 2006. The programme aims to give thrust to schemes relating to poverty alleviation and employment generation in rural areas.

TPP-2006 consists of 20 points and 65 items that are monitored individually by central nodal ministries.