The Prime Minister under his direct leadership has constituted a high-level coordination committee to speed up the Direct Cash Transfers mechanism for various government schemes and programs.
The committee has been named National Committee on Direct Cash Transfers and the chief aim of the committee is to coordinate action amongst various stakeholders for the smooth take of Direct Cash Transfers.
The Direct Cash Transfers are envisaged for its various government programs, be it Central or Stage. It is expected that the private sector too will be part of the program in the near future.
The National Committee chaired by the Prime Minister will have as its members eleven Cabinet Ministers, two Ministers of State with independent charge, the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, the Chairman UIDAI, the Cabinet Secretary with the Principal Secretary to the PM as the convenor.
Apart from the National Committee an Executive Committee is also being setup to assist the National Committee.
Once the broad outlines are finalized by the National Committee and Executive Committee, the nitty-gritty of the actual pilot implementation would be taken care by 3 Mission Mode Committees.
The 3 Mission Mode Committees are the Technology Committee, Financial Inclusion Committee and Implementation committees at the individual ministries and departments.
The objectives of the Mission Mode Committees are:
a) Technology Committee to focus on the technology, payment architecture and IT issues.
B) Financial Inclusion Committee to focus on ensuring universal access to banking and ensuring complete financial inclusion.
c) Implementation Committees on Electronic Transfer of Benefits at the Ministry/ Department level to work out the details of cash transfers for each department such as data bases, direct cash transfer rules and control and audit mechanisms.
The National Committee on Direct Cash Transfers would engage in the following tasks:
a) Provide an overarching vision and direction to enable direct cash transfers of benefits under various government schemes and programmes to individuals, with the objective of enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability in the whole process.
b) Determine broad policy objectives and strategies for direct cash transfers.
c) Identify Government programmes and schemes for which direct cash transfers to individuals can be adopted and suggest the extent and scope of direct cash transfers in each case.
d) Coordinate the activities of various Ministries/ Departments/ Agencies, for speedy rollout of direct cash transfers across the country.
e) Specify timelines for the rollout of direct cash transfers.
f) Review the progress of implementation of direct cash transfers and provide guidance for mid-course corrections.
g) Any other related matter.
The National Committee on Cash Transfers will be assisted by an Executive Committee on Direct Cash Transfers chaired by the Principal Secretary to PM and the Secretaries of the concerned Ministries and the DG UIDAI. The Secretary Planning Commission will be the convenor.
The Executive Committee on Direct Cash Transfers would engage in the following tasks:
a) Identify and propose for the consideration of the National Committee on Cash Transfers such Government programmes and schemes for which direct cash transfers to individuals can be adopted.
b) Ensure the preparation of and approve strategies and action plans for the speedy rollout of direct cash transfers in areas agreed to and in line with the agreed timelines.
c) Coordinate the activities of various Ministries/ Departments / Agencies involved in enabling direct cash transfers to ensure that the architecture and framework for direct cash transfers is in place for rolling out direct cash transfers across the country.
d) Review and monitor the rollout of direct cash transfers and undertake mid-course corrections as and when necessary.
e) Any other related matter entrusted by the National Committee on Cash Transfers or relating to direct cash transfers.
As and when required, other experts will be invited to join the National Committee or the Executive Committee as the case might be.
As the ‘Direct Cash Transfer’, is UPA’s major tool to gain visibility and increase its vote-bank, the combined effort of the political and bureaucracy should minimize ground-level complaints.
Otherwise the tide of the ground level complaints will throw surprises at the polling booth.
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