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Don’t insist on Aadhaar for gas: Andhra Pradesh High Court

 

Sri T.S.R Sharma had filed a writ petition in Andhra Pradesh High Court on the action of Oil Companies in insisting that subsidized LPG Cylinders would be provided to only those consumers with Aadhaar Cards.

The Andhra Pradesh division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P.V. Sanjay Kumar of the AP High Court on Thursday told the Centre and the gas agencies not to insist on consumers having an Aadhaar card for supply of subsidised LPG cylinders.

The main argument put by Counsel for the petitioner was on collecting data of citizens through biometrics amounts to intruding on the privacy of citizens and it was against the basic principles of law.

He argued that till date the Centre has not made any law mandating that Aadhaar card is compulsory to receive benefits under the subsidy scheme.

The Chief Justice asked assistant solicitor-general Ponnam Ashok Goud under which law the Centre was insisting on Aadhaar cards to extend subsidies to citizens.

Goud pointed out that the petitioner has not made either the ministry of petroleum or the ministry of planning as parties to the petitions. Assistant solicitor-general Ponnam Ashok Goud admitted in the AP High Court that the Centre has so far not issued any notification making the Aadhaar card mandatory for the supply of LPG cylinders.

Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta said that in the absence of a notification or law, the oil companies have no right to insist on an Aadhaar card for supply of LPG cylinders.

At present, LPG dealers in Andhra Pradesh state are collecting Rs 1050 per cylinder (the price of the full cylinder without the subsidy) from consumers with the assurance that the subsidy of about Rs 570 will be credited into the bank accounts of the consumers if their Aadhaar card, gas consumer number and bank account are enrolled and linked.

 

However, according to legal analysts, Thursday’s order of the AP High Court directing the authorities not to insist on production of Aadhaar card for supplying LPG cylinder will provide little relief to consumers. According to them, the gas dealers and oil companies will not be affected as they can continue to charge the full price from consumers, but the latter will be hit as they will be deprived of their subsidy reimbursement.

Indian Government wants every home to have a mobile phone

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As a Safe eTransactions Motivator, on implementation of this scheme will lead to a massive boost in eBanking transactions. Yes, we Indians are tech-savvy, and can adapt to new technologies very fast.

Mobile phones are important tool in the Aadhaar set-up too.

Let us wait and see what the future holds for Mobile Banking in India.

India’s Subsidy disbursement engine – NPCI ACH-APB

The first set of subsidy disbursements are getting routed through the NPCI ACH-APB mode.   The LPG Subsidy disbursements are routed through the beneficiaries’ ‘Aadhaar Number’. The ‘Aadhaar Number’, is the common link between the LPG companies and the Banks.

Over the last few months, there has been a steady increase of LPG subsidy transactions.

 

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The Banks have to seed the Aadhaar numbers in the customer’s banks accounts, and share such Aadhaar numbers with NPCI.

Based on the mapping done in the NPCI Aadhaar Mapper, the transactions are routed to the destination bank.  Destination banks based on the Account Number-Aadhaar number mapping, route the funds to the respective destination account.

The return file sent to NPCI should invariably contain the Beneficiaries’ Account Holder Name and Beneficiaries’ Account Number.  This is a vital requirement for Subsidy disbursement departments to answer any queries. The information is important from a risk-angle too.

At the launch of ACH-APBS, the guidelines clearly mentioned that the return file should contain the Beneficiaries’ Account Holder Name and Beneficiaries’ Account Number. However, still 30% of the transactions do not contain the requisite data.

NPCI has made it mandatory that the two fields are included in the APB Return file w.e.f November 11, 2013.

LPG portability: Remember to port your Aadhaar details too

The Indian Petroleum Minister, Shri Veerapan Moily has unveiled two customer friendly initiatives i.e

01) LPG portability,

02)sale of 5-kg cylinders at petrol pumps

Under the inter-company LPG portability scheme, customers can choose to switch distributor of any of the three state-run oil marketing firms – Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum.

Consumers can also opt for the distributor of his choice within a cluster of LPG distributors in the vicinity and across the oil companies from today.

Presently, an LPG consumer is attached to a distributor and cannot change his distributor even if he is unhappy with the service.

The scheme would be available in 30 cities. “Consumers will be able to see the service ratings of all the distributors in their cluster and choose the one they want based on service levels,” the statement said.

To make it easier for consumers, the option can be registered electronically on the website of the oil marketing companies they are attached to.

Electronic tracking of the portability request and closure is in place to ensure that a consumer does not have any difficulty in moving to a distributor of his choice.

As this is a Pilot launch, the  LPG portability scheme will be initially available in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh; Patna in Bihar; Raipur in Chhatisgarh; Delhi; Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat; Faridabad in Haryana; Jamshedpur and Ranchi in Jharkhand; Bangaluru and Hubli in Karnataka.

The other places are: Kochi and Trivandrum in Kerala; Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh; Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra; Bhubaneshwar in Orissa; Chandigarh and Ludhiana in Punjab; Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Chennai and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu; Lucknow and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh; Dehradun in Uttaranchal and Kolkata in West Bengal.

Nation wide roll-out is planned after the 3 months. This is to enable the Oil Ministry to observe the pilot launch, and fine tweak if any difficulties are observed.

Under the scheme, a prospective consumer has to first to register with the outlet, giving a copy of his/her voter ID card, driving license, PAN card, Aadhaar card or any official document as a proof of identity and buy the equipment with or without regulator at Rs.1,000 plus taxes.

 

On subsequent refills, only the fuel cost has to be paid.

Consumers need to remember to Port their Aadhaar details too, to the new distributor, as there will be a change in the Consumer Number, when the Gas connection is shifted. At the bank end, there is no need for change of any details, as the LPG subsidy is routed based on the Aadhaar Number only.