The NDA government has lapped up the UPA’s game-changer direct benefit transfers (DBT) scheme to ensure that subsidies reach the targeted audience, but it is yet to take off in a big way. It has been a mixed bag, with great success in the case of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) where close to 12 crore subscribers have opted for the scheme.
In the case of food subsidy, the problem lies in identifying the below poverty line (BPL) families. That exercise is still on as the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011, has yet to come up with results. Meanwhile, the government is looking to interlink the Jan-Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and mobile phones (JAM) to transfer benefits directly to the consumers. One area where the DBT has yet to make any tangible success is in the disbursement of food subsidy.