DBT savings pegged at Rs 58,000 cr

Friday 29th September, 2017

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DBT savings pegged at Rs 58,000 cr
Government has saved Rs 58,000 crore through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme used in various subsidy programmes, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.
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 Rs 58,000 crore of tax payers' money which used to be pocketed by middlemen," Prasad said at the AIMA convention here, pti