Aadhar-linked 'game-changer' cash transfer scheme to start Jan 1: Chidambaram
He said the Congress will soon call a meeting of presidents of its 51 district units to be covered in the first phase which will be addressed by Rahul Gandhi and Chidambaram.
The district presidents would be sensitised about the scheme as will be the District Collectors, Chidambaram said, expressing the hope that those officials would continue to be posted there for at least a year to allow the smooth rollout.
Ramesh conceded that there are "several lacunae" in the system because of which the benefits don't reach the intended people and these are to be addressed through such programmes.
In this context, he referred to the famous comments of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1980s that only 15 paise per rupee reaches the intended beneficiaries because of leakages.
"It is not bribe. It is the 'haq' of people," he said. Explaining the benefits of the programme which he described as "flagship", Chidambaram said there will be "practically no case of falsification or duplication. No one can falsify. Efficiency gains are incalculable.... This is a game-changer. We think people will appreciate. We look forward to successful launch and roll-out of the scheme."
He said the government expects "considerable savings" from the scheme but refused to speculate the amount.
The districts to be covered in the first phase include five each in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, four each in Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand, three each in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tripura, and two each in Haryana, Kerala and Sikkim.
The criteria for selecting these districts is 80 per cent coverage of Aadhar scheme, which will be the mainstay of identification of the beneficiaries to enable them to open bank accounts.
The schemes to be brought under its purview are 14 scholarships of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, six of HRD Ministry, three of Minority Affairs Ministry, two Women and Child Development, one in Health and Family Welfare and five of Labour and Employment Ministry.