Savmbs Via Hi Cross Tox Cd Mark; Prasad

Friday 29th September, 2017

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Publication  Afternoon Despatch
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CCM  46
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SAVMBS VIA HI CROSS TOX CD MARK; PRASAD
Government has saved Rs 58,000 crore through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme used in various subsidy programmes, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said yesterday.
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 Rs 58,000 crore which used to be pocketed by middlemen," Prasad said at the A1MA convention here.
This Rs 58,000 crore money is not private money it is tax payer's
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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the 60th Foundation Day function of AIMA, in New Delhi yesterday.
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. 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.