Despite howls of protest, PMO pushes ahead with direct cash transfer scheme
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It also plans to cover the entire nation by the end of December 2013.
Later, the cash transfer would cover all the 42 welfare schemes.
While presenting the 2012-13 Budget, the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said the government will extend the UIDAI's Aadhaar enabled payments for various government schemes in at least 50 selected districts within the next six months.
Under the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)'s Aadhaar enabled payments, subsidies are directly transferred into the beneficiaries' bank accounts.
"This will be rolled out nation-wide during 2012.
Direct transfer of subsidy to the retailer, and eventually to the farmer will be implemented in subsequent phases.
This step will benefit 12 crore farmer families, while reducing expenditure on subsidies by curtailing misuse of fertilisers.
"It will be our endeavour to scale up and roll out these Aadhaar enabled payments for various government schemes in at least 50 selected districts within the next six months," Mukherjee had said.