Savings via DBT cross T58,000-cr mark: Prasad

Friday 29th September, 2017

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Savings via DBT cross T58,000-cr mark: Prasad
Government hassaved f58,000crore through the Direct BenefitsTransfer (DBT) schemeused invarious subsidy programmes, Union Information Technology MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad said onThursday.The minister said the government is utilising digital technology tobringaboutchangesthat benefit poorand underprivileged. "We opened Jan Dhan accounts forpoorand
underprivileged. We linked thattoAadhaarand mobile phones, and we started sendinggassubsidy, ration subsidy, kerosene subsidy and food subsidy directly to the ba nk account. We have saved ^58,000 crore which used to be pocketed by middlemen," Prasad said at the AIMA convention. PTH