Direct cash transfer scheme, Aadhar-enabled, launched

To benefit 12,000 people in two districts in the Capital

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday launched four Centre-sponsored, Aadhar-enabled direct cash transfer schemes in the national capital as part of a Central government pilot project in 20 districts across the country. The four cash transfer schemes will benefit 12,000 people in two districts in Delhi.

Dikshit maintained that of the 34 centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS), nine were relevant in Delhi. She distributed 50 certificates to beneficiaries on Tuesday. "The Delhi government has initially brought four CSS under this cash transfer mode after creating the necessary IT infrastructure. This ensures delivery of benefits directly to bank accounts opened on the basis of Aadhar numbers," Dikshit said. She said the cast transfer scheme was aimed at delivering the full benefit of government schemes to weaker sections of society.

The four schemes relevant in Delhi include Post Metric Scholarships for SC students, Post Metric Scholarship for OBC students, Indira Gandhi Matritava Sahyog Yojna and the Janani Suraksha Yojna. "These four schemes have been brought under the cash transfer system to eliminate corruption and bogus beneficiaries. In the Northwest and Northeast districts, 12,000 beneficiaries have been identified. The cash transfer system will make the payment system faster and smoother and other districts will soon come under this scheme.

In December, 2012, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had launched a similar cash transfer scheme for the Delhi Annshri Yojna, which provides Rs 600 per month to around six lakh families from economically weaker sections of society. The launch was marred after Dikshit suggested that a family could procure all their needs with Rs 600.

On Tuesday, Dikshit attempted to remedy her earlier remarks. "We never said that you can buy everything with Rs 600. It is a support measure for families. You can buy anything with the money. If someone wants to buy medicine, she can buy it with the assistance. If a woman wants to buy milk for her children, she can buy it," Dikshit said.

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