Monetary benefits for poverty-stricken people in Jharkhand, CM launches DBT scheme on foodgrains purchase
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 05-Oct-2017
New Delhi, October 5: Jharkhand might be taking baby steps towards development but it’s quite extraordinary to see how CM Raghubar Das is accelerating the process. After distributing 20,000 houses to poor people, the Jharkhand government started a new system of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The project was launched at Nagri Block in the capital and would be monitored for four-five months before being extended to the rest of the state, if successful.
Under DBT system, the BPL beneficiaries would get the amount in their account for purchase of foodgrains from the Public Distribution System (PDS) dealers. DBT will benefit the poor with a sum amount of Rs 1,107 deposit.
Inaugurating the scheme, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that use of technology in providing benefits to the BPL families was proving helpful. He informed that the state has been able to delete at least 11.64 lakh ration cards that were fake and illegal and got 9.31 lakh new ration cards made. “We have saved 72,000 tonnes of foodgrains and Rs 224 crores from the middlemen” he told the gathering. And the good news is that the female of the families will receive the money and not the male members. Such a decision will uplift the status of women in the family resulting better results.
11 banking correspondents (or bank mitras) have been brought in the loop for the purpose. “These people would take their micro-ATM, to all the localities helping people to transfer the amount from their account to that of the dealers without having to withdraw it. The entire system is going to be cashless,” said Secretary (PDS) Vinay Chaubey.