1,384 get direct benefits transfer

Rolling out the Union government's direct cash transfer scheme in the city on the first day of the new year, the UT Administration on Tuesday doled out cash as direct subsidy amounting to Rs 46.35 lakh to 1,384 beneficiaries under eight special schemes.

According to officials, by the evening, the amount was credited to the accounts of all the beneficiaries. While 283 got post-matric scholarship meant for SC students, 890 got pre-matric scholarships meant for SC students. As many as 16 OBC students were given post-matric scholarship and eight disabled students got the post-matric scholarship.

Besides, 168 students of minority (fresh) were also given the post-matric scholarship.

Speaking at the launch of the cash transfer initiative, Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal said, "The initiative is going to be a game changer in the coming years in terms of transferring the benefits to the genuine beneficiaries."

He said that the food and LPG which are currently kept out of the ambit of the cash transfer scheme should be included in the scheme soon. "Most of the pilferage and the leakage takes place in kerosene and foodgrains distribution. Once that is also included based on UIDAI numbers, all that will be plugged," he added.

Speaking on the occasion, K K Sharma, advisor to the UT Administrator, said the Finance Department, Education Department, and Department of Information Technology had put in concerted efforts along with Punjab National Bank and the UIDAI's Regional Office in Chandigarh to enable the rollout of direct benefit transfer in Chandigarh.

Out of the 34 Centrally sponsored schemes identified by the Government of India, Chandigarh Administration identified eight schemes of director higher education and director public instructions (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 and pre-matric scholarship for SC students.

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