MYSORE: The Congress-led UPA government suspended its ambitious direct cash transfer of cooking gas subsidy to bank accounts this year. All because of technical issues, including complaints of non-remittance of subsidy, a source said.
It means that from March 10, LPGconsumers will get cylinders at the subsidized rate like earlier in Mysore and elsewhere where this scheme was implemented. The scheme, which is aimed at plugging diversion of cylinders, started in the royal city a year ago.
A gas distributor confirmed an order to this effect was passed by the petroleum ministry on February 28. Distributors were asked to switch over to the old system in which consumers were given LPG refills at subsidized rate. “We’ve changed the system and perhaps from March 10, refills will be sold at the subsidized price of Rs 423,” he said.
The distributor claimed the decision was taken because of technical issues like non-payment of subsidy to beneficiaries, lack of availability of Aadhaar number with consumers and the problem of seeding Aadhaar and bank account numbers. “Hopefully, it’ll be implemented once the problems are sorted out,” he said.
Of the 5.5 lakh consumers in Mysore, 85% benefited from the scheme. The direct cash transfer scheme was implemented in 289 districts across India.
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