'Direct transfer saved Rs 58,000 crore'

Friday 29th September, 2017

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'Direct transfer saved ^58,000 crore'
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NEW DELHI, 28 SEPTEMBER
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 whichrequired
?? Govt is utilising digital technology to bring about changes that benefit poor and underprivileged
?? Government has so far been able to unearth 3 crore fake gas connections and has also annulled 2.7 crore fake ration cards
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 con-
nections 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.
Linking up various schemes and services like hospitals digitally have benefited the poor and underprivileged, Prasad said.
The minister also confirmed that discussions were held recently to link driving license with Aadhaar card in order contain issue of dual licenses.
"We are going to link up your motor vehicle driving licence withAadhaar," Prasad noted.