Savings via direct benefit transfer cross Rs 58,000 crore: Prasad

Friday 29th September, 2017

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Savings via direct benefit transfer cross Rs58,000 crore: Prasad
New Delhi: Government has saved Rs58,000 crore through the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme used in various subsidy programmes, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. "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 AIMA convention in New Delhi. pti