Centre calls urgent meet of DMs to address hitches in cash transfer scheme


Right now, District Magistrates of the 121 targeted districts for Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) subsidy programme, must be rushing to Delhi. Today, i.e28/04/2013, an urgent meeting was called by Central Government officials to discuss and streamline the process of UPA’s flagship program i.e Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) subsidy programme.

Shri.Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister was candid enough to admit that the scheme has run into unexpected glitches, and the same have to be addressed very fast.

The meeting on 29th April, 2013 will be addressed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

At the meeting, feedback would be sought from the DMs particularly of 43 districts where the scheme is operational since January 1. DMs of other 78 districts, where the scheme is to be rolled out on July 1, are expected to report the progress made in groundwork done for the launch.

The prime agenda of the meeting is to find ways and means to ensure “glitch-free” implementation of the programme which is expected to cover one-fifth of the country.

The meeting will take place against the backdrop of concerns expressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the “unsatisfactory nature of tracking and monitoring systems” in various departments.

The prime minister, while reviewing the implementation of the scheme at a high- level meeting here earlier this month, had observed, “We have also run into difficulties that we had not anticipated when we began the programme. We must, therefore, renew our efforts for successful implementation of the programme.”


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