The Chandigarh Administration rolled out the ambitious Direct Benefit Transfer scheme of Govt. of India at a function organized at the UT Guest House. This roll out of Aadhaar enabled Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of funds, under schemes sponsored by the Central Government and UT Administration, would enhance efficiency and transparency; eliminate drags, pilferage and falsification etc. Out of the 34 central sector /centrally sponsored schemes identified by the Government of India, Chandigarh Administration had identified eight schemes of Director Higher Education and Director Public Instructions(S) (including two schemes of UT Administration). These schemes are: Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students, Post-Matric Scholarship for OBCs, Post-Matric Scholarship for students with disabilities, Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme – Minority, Merit cum Means Scholarship Scheme, UT Merit Scholarship, UT Merit Scholarship& Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students. “Chandigarh is one of the 43 Districts identified by Government of India where the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is to be rolled out. In the first phase, direct cash subsidy will be transferred for eight schemes being run by Chandigarh Administration including six schemes of Govt of India and two of UT Administration. Key aspects of roll out of DBTin Chandigarh are – 80% population of Chandigarh that has been enrolled under Aadhaar and the Administration’s goals towards Financial Inclusion. We are fortunate to have succeeded in overcoming various challenges otherwise inherent in each of these aspects of DBT” said, Sh. K.K. Sharma, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator. He also stated that the Finance Department, Education Department, Department of Information Technology have put in concerted efforts along with Punjab National Bank (Lead Bank) and the UIDAI’s Regional Office in Chandigarh to enable the roll out of Direct Benefit Transfer in Chandigarh.  The Aadhaar enabled Direct Benefit Transfer will facilitate the pay out of direct cash subsidies to targeted beneficiaries and will enable the union government to plug leakages in social spending schemes. It is worth mentioning that in June, earlier this year, as one of the front-runner States/UTs in the country, Chandigarh Administration had issued the notification to accept Aadhaar as a valid Proof of Identity and Proof of Address. Around 1400 beneficiaries are being covered through this roll-out of direct transfer of cash subsidies. The Chandigarh Administration is working towards roll out of more schemes, in the next phase.



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