Andhra Pradesh LPG Holders – Are you ready to receive INR 4,000/- in your bank accounts?

 

Multiple agencies in Andhra Pradesh are working to meet the deadline of May 15, for smooth rollout of LPG subsidy via the DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) route.

The minute details will be made public in the coming weeks. As this is the first major collaboration between companies, banks, integrators, government departments, bank consumers, UIDAI, and NPCI, minor glitches are expected.

As of now the broad viewpoints which are emerging are as under

The INR 4000 magic figure

Cost of 1 LPG cylinder =   Rs901.50

Subsidy amount of 1 LPG cylinder = Rs434/-

Subsidy amount for 9 LPG cylinders = 434*9 =  Rs3,906/-

Option 1:

Consumers pay the full amount of the LPG cylinder, and later on, Government credits the subsidy to the Aadhaar linked bank account.

Option 2:

Government credits the full subsidy at the beginning of the year, and consumers chip in their share to buy the LPG cylinder at the actual rate.

Option 3:

Subsidy is credited when the LPG cylinder is booked, by the LPG consumer.

Option 3 seems to be the most balanced option. Each of the above options has its own plus and minus points. Let us wait and see, what will be the decided option.

All the benefits which were transferred via the DBT scheme were simple as compared to the LPG subsidy project.

It is to be noted, that the LPG consumers must utilize their full quota of 9 subsidy cylinders in the financial year. There is no carry-over to the next financial year.

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Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI) – Will it boost ePayments in India?

Will you be one of the lucky 10,000 to be part of the RJI rollout testing in India?

This week, Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI) has received the official communication from Department of Telecommunications on allocation of 10,000 numbers.

Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI), is the telecom arm of Reliance Industries.

As the numbers have been allotted for testing mobile services roll out in Delhi, Mumbai and Jamnagar, customers will not be charged during the testing period.

Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI) has been given 4,000 numbers each for Mumbai and Delhi and 2,000 numbers for testing mobile services in Jamnagar, official sources said.

Background:

October 2012: Reliance Jio Infocomm, formerly Infotel Broadband Services Limited, requests  DoT in October 2012 to allocate phone numbers and other permissions required for providing voice calls facility on its 4G services network.

February 2013: The inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission approved a provision that will enable companies like Reliance Jio to provide full-fledged mobile services by paying additional amount of Rs 1,658 crore.

April 2013: Allotment of 10,000 numbers by DOT.

 

Seen from Safe ePayments angle, the major benefit is in Internet download speed offered by 4G services which is ten times faster compared to 3G services and 16 times that of 2G

The company will rely on VoLTE to attract customers into its fold.

2 wonders of VoLTE:-

01) Consumers will be able to get voice, messaging and video using a single device.

02)        Consumers can seamlessly merge with the existing 2G, 3G, NLD and ILD networks.

VoLTE basics

Over 40 telecom operators including: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent collaborated to fine tune the VoLTE

At the 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress, GSMA announced that they were supporting the One Voice solution to provide Voice over LTE.

The unofficial public launch date is 28/12/2013, as 28/12 is the birth anniversary of the late Dhirubhai Ambani.

Hiring in progress: –

Sanjay Mashruwala is the managing director of the company. Former Maxis CEO Sandip Das is set to join as the head of the 4G services arm while Madhumati Lele, former customer head of Vodafone India has also been hired.

 

The top management also includes Mathew Oomen who is currently the chief technology officer in Sprint-Nextel, a US based telecom operator and Kiran Thomas, assistant vice-president at RIL. The company has also brought former OnMobile CEO Arvind Rao and Sumit Chowdhury, former vice president of IBM on board.

 

Readers might wonder why testing is required. Testing is required, as Reliance Jio Infocom, is the single company to hold 4G spectrum on a national basis,