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#India- Prime Minister approves expansion of Direct Benefits Transfers (DBT)

April 5, 2013
New Delhi, PIB

78 more districts, 3 more Pension Schemes under DBT 

DBT will now cover 1/5th of the country  

The Prime Minister held a meeting of the National Committee on DBT to review the rollout of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) system so far. The meeting was attended by all concerned Ministers including the Finance Minister, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Chairman, UIDAI. Secretaries of all Departments were also present.

Major decisions taken:
After reviewing the progress in rollout of DBT in Phase – I, many important decisions were taken to expand the coverage of areas under DBT in Phase II of the rollout. These are:

  1. 1.      DBT will now be expanded to NPR states where biometrics are being collected under the National Population Register. These include Odisha, West Bengal, UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.   The collection biometrics in selected districts here will be accelerated to have a coverage of 70-80% by June 2013 and DBT will be rolled out from 1.7.2013. 
  2. 2.      Additional districts: The next phase of the rollout will begin from 1 July 2013. A total of 78 districtshave been identified for this phase based on the lists given by UIDAI and Registrar General of . The list is annexed.
  3. a.      States Not covered in Phase I which are now covered:
                                                             i.      UP – 6 districts
                                                             ii.      – 3 districts
                                                             iii.     – 2 districts
                                                             iv.     – 4 districts
                                                             v.     Gujarat – 4 districts
                                                             vi.    Himachal Pradesh – 6 districts
                                                             vii.   Tamil Nadu – 3 districts
  4. b.      States covered in Phase I with more districts now – Kerala, Punjab, , MP, Rajasthan, AP, Maharashtra, Jharkhand. 
  5. 3.      Additional schemes: DBT now covers 26 schemes. The three Pension Schemes managed by MoRD (old age, disability and widows) will now be covered under DBT in all the covered districts. DBT for pension schemes would be introduced from 1.7.2013 along with the rollout of Phase-II. 
  6. 4.      Expanding to Post OfficesDBT will be expanded to include Post Offices and schemes run through Post Office accounts from 1 October 2013. By this time, the Post Offices will have the core banking system in 51 districts. They will accelerate CBS in other districts as well. 
  7. 5.      LPG Subsidy through DBTMoPNG is working on rolling out DBT of LPG subsidy in a phased manner.There will be a phased rollout beginning with one district and expanding to 20 districts by 15 May 2013. Rollout will cover more districts as Aadhaar enrolment expands. The total number of LPG consumers in the country is 14 crores and as the scheme rolls out, the subsidy amount will be transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts. With the subsidy going directly, there will be only one price at which cylinders will be sold at a dealer’s shop. This will eliminate all ghost connections and diversion of cylinders. 
  8. 6.      Nationwide Database digitisation: Departments will start the process of digitisation in all districts, irrespective of the rollout of DBT as this is a critical activity which need not wait and can be done in parallel.  
  9. 7.      Mission Directorate: A full fledged DBT Mission Directorate consisting of  a Mission Director assisted by other officers is being created to have an institutionalized administrative arrangement to enable smooth rollout, early identification of bottlenecks, resolution of bottlenecks and handholding of Ministries/ departments wherever necessary. To facilitate a nationwide rollout of DBT, the Prime Minister has approved the creation of a post of Mission Director for DBT.

Prime Minister’s Closing Remarks 

In his closing remarks, the PM said that the meeting was productive and everyone’s views were heard. This program will transform the way in which government benefits are delivered to our people. He said that we have come some distance since DBT was rolled out in January. In these 3 months, we have learnt a lot about the challenges in implementing a program of this sort. It has not been as easy as departments envisaged. We have run into many operational issues which were resolved along the way. I am heartened by the progress and am hopeful about the future. But the journey has just begun and we have a long distance to go. This is not the time to rest. 

He said that DBT is not conceptually difficult. It consists of just a few simple steps. In the field, it is all about digitising data, enrolling in Aadhaar, opening bank accounts and seeding these accounts. More importantly, he said that DBT requires process re-engineering at the government level. He emphasised the need to change the way we transact business, the way we release funds, the way we track funds and the information we have on beneficiaries. All these are important in themselves. He urged everyone to apply themselves to this exercise as that is one of the biggest benefits that will come out of DBT. 

He mentioned that the exercise of DBT has revealed the poor nature of tracking and monitoring systems we have in departments. If we need to ensure that the money we spend delivers outcomes, it is necessary that we have a robust monitoring system in place. That is what DBT does, in addition to making the process simpler for beneficiaries and rooting out fraud, corruption and wastage. 

He concluded by saying that as DBT expands, DBT will become more visible with a larger footprint, both in terms of area and in terms of number of people covered. This is a program on which the implementation capacity of the government will be tested. We will soon be covering over 120 districts and even more in a few more months. We cannot afford to fail. We need to show that we can deliver results and benefits. He asked all Ministries and Departments to apply themselves with dedication to this major initiative and the challenging task in rolling out the DBT program.

 

Districts in phase I and phase II

S.No. Name of State/UT 43 districts included in first phase To be included in II phase Recommended by
1 Karnataka 1 Tumkur      
    2 Mysore      
    3 Dharwad      
2 Kerala 4 Pathanamthitta 1 Palakkad RGI&UIDAI
    5 Wayanad 2 Kottayam RGI&UIDAI
        3 Ernakulam UIDAI
        4 Alappuzha UIDAI
        5 Idukki RGI&UIDAI
        6 Thiruvananthapuram UIDAI
        7 Kozhikode UIDAI
        8 Thrissur UIDAI
        9 Kannur RGI
3 Puducherry 6 Puducherry 10 Yanam RGI
4 Chandigarh 7 Chandigarh      
5 Harayana 8 Ambala      
    9 Soniput      
6 Punjab 10 SBSNagar/Nawanshahar 11 Jalandhar UIDAI
    11 Fatehgarh Sahib 12 Barnala UIDAI
    12 Gurdaspur     UIDAI
7 Delhi 13 North East Delhi 13 Central Delhi UIDAI
    14 North West Delhi 14 East Delhi UIDAI
        15 North Delhi UIDAI
        16 South West Delhi UIDAI
        17 West Delhi UIDAI
        18 South Delhi UIDAI
8 Madhya Pradesh 15 Hoshangabad 19 Burhanpur UIDAI
    16 East Nimar (Khandwa) 20 Bhopal UIDAI
    17 Harda 21 Jabalpur UIDAI
9 Rajasthan 18 Ajmer 22 Jhunjhunu UIDAI
    19 Udaipur 23 Pali UIDAI
    20 Alwar 24 Kota UIDAI
10 Sikkim 21 West 25 South UIDAI
    22 East 26 North UIDAI
11 Tripura 23 Khowai      
    24 Dhalai      
    25 North      
    26 West      
12 Andhra Pradesh 27 Hyderabad 27 Srikakulam RGI&UIDAI
    28 Anantpur 28 Krishna UIDAI
    29 Chittoor 29 Guntur UIDAI
    30 East Godavari 30 Adilabad UIDAI
    31 Ranga Reddy 31 Cuddapah (YSR Kadapa) UIDAI
        32 Vizianagram RGI
        33 Kurnool RGI
        34 Nalgonda RGI
13 Daman & Diu 32 Diu      
    33 Daman      
14 Goa 34 North Goa 35 South Goa UIDAI
15 Maharashtra 35 Wardha 36 Aurangabad (MH) UIDAI
    36 Mumbai + Suburban 37 Gondiya UIDAI
    37 Amravati 38 Jalgaon UIDAI
    38 Pune 39 Jalna UIDAI
    39 Namdurbar 40 Latur UIDAI
        41 Ratnagiri UIDAI
16 Jharkhand 40 Saraikela-Kharsawan 42 Khunti UIDAI
    41 Ranchi 43 Lohardaga UIDAI
    42 Ramgarh 44 Bokaro UIDAI
    43 Hazaribag     UIDAI
17 Himachal Pradesh     45 Hamirpur UIDAI
        46 Una UIDAI
        47 Bilaspur UIDAI
        48 Mandi UIDAI
        49 Kullu UIDAI
        50 Solan UIDAI
18 Gujarat     51 Mehsana UIDAI
        52 Valsad UIDAI
        53 Bhavnagar UIDAI
        54 Anand UIDAI
19     55 Ariyalur RGI
        56 Pudukottai RGI
        57 Tirucherrapalli RGI
20 West Bengal     58 Coochbehar RGI
        59 Howrah RGI
21 Odisha     60 Bolangir RGI
        61 Puri RGI
        62 Cuttack RGI
        63 Sonapur RGI
22 Lakshadweep     64 Lakshadweep RGI
23 Uttar Pradesh     65 Etawah RGI
        66 Chitrakoot RGI
        67 Sant Kabir Nagar RGI
        68 Shrawasti RGI
        69 Rae Bareilly RGI
        70 Amethi RGI
24 Uttarakhand     71 Bageshwar RGI
        72 Champawat RGI
        73 Tehri Garhwal RGI
25 Chhattisgarh     74 Dhamtari RGI
        75 Koriya RGI
26 Bihar     76 Arwal RGI
        77 Sheohar RGI
        78 Sheikhpura RGI

 

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