The Aadhaar-enabled Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the subsidy on cooking gas was launched across the district today without much fanfare.

Dy. Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda, speaking to SOM about the launch of the programme, said that there were 5,18,504 LPG consumers in the district out of which, 4,05,359 connections were updated by LPG dealers.

Consumers who have already submitted their Aadhaar numbers, gas consumer numbers and bank account details and that have been linked, will have the subsidy amount of Rs. 435 credited to their respective bank accounts on booking a refill.

The Aadhaar numbers and their respective LPG consumer numbers had been matched for 78% of the applications submitted so far, said the DC and added that only 39% of these applications had been matched with their respective bank accounts, with still three months grace period to complete the process.

Mysore district, along with Tumkur district, was identified for the pilot project on account of the high enumeration of Aadhaar cards.

Though the scheme was to be launched in Mysore on June 1, it was postponed as the election code of conduct was in force till June 3. It was postponed thrice earlier by the Union government to ensure adequate ground work before launch of the pilot project.

Later in the afternoon, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Secretary Dr. Neeraj Mittal will hold a video-conference with the DC, bank authorities and LPG distributors.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore