Savings through DBT cross Rs 58,000 crore mark, says Prasad

Friday 29th September, 2017

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Savings through DBT cross ?58,000 crore mark, says Prasad
NEW DELHI: Government has saved ?58,000 crore through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme used in various subsidy programmes, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. The electronics and IT minister said the
Government is utilising digital technology to bring about changes that benefit poor and underprivileged.
"We opened Jan Dhan accounts for poor and underprivileged. We linked that to Aadhaar and mobile phones, and
we started sending gas subsidy, ration subsidy, kerosene subsidy and food subsidy directly to the bank account. We have saved ?58,000 crore which used to be pocketed by middlemen," Prasad said at the AIMA convention here. This ?58,000 crore money
is not private money it is tax payer's money which required to be saved and digital governance is doing that, he added.
Elaborating on the success of the DBT initiative, Prasad said that the government has so far been able to unearth 3 crore fake
gas connections and has also annulled 2.7 crore fake ration cards. "The idea we set for ourselves when we went for digital revolution is, that we want to create technology which is inclusive and at the same time affordable and dependable," he added. PTI