Anurag writes to Paswan for implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer for PDS across India

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Dharamshala, August 7, 2017: BJP MP Anurag Thakur has written to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan for implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer for Public Distribution System (PDS) across India starting from smaller States, moving onto bigger ones’ and thereby covering Pan India.
Thakur said, “The LPG subsidy scheme introduced by Central Government had reaped benefits and led to blocking of 3.3 crore fake, ghost and duplicate LPG connections, with a savings of Rs.21,000 crore in subsidies.”
He further added, “On the request of MPs of the Union Territories of Puducherry, Chandigarh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, these Union Territories (UTs) have become one of the first places to implement the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for PDS through cash transfer to the Aadhaar linked bank accounts of beneficiaries every month. Under this measure money will be transferred to the bank accounts of beneficiaries as food subsidy that will reduce the number of government departments involved in the distribution process and opportunities for leakage will be curtailed.”
In a press release issued here today, BJP MP said, “Like LPG subsidy, DBT for PDS would serve in the interest of States and public. Therefore, I humbly request you to kindly implement the measure of DBT for PDS across States, starting from smaller states and moving onto bigger states. This will be a great move as it will help save a big portion of food grains lost through leakages.”

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Monday, August 7, 2017