Haryana launches DBT scheme in Sonepat, Ambala; rest of state to follow from April 1

The Haryana government Friday launched the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme in the state. In the first phase, the scheme has been launched in Sonepat and Ambala districts.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched the scheme from New Delhi by sending an email to the deputy commissioners of Ambala and Sonepat, which was followed by disbursal of the due amount to 3,338 beneficiaries. An amount of Rs 323.33 lakh was transferred to the beneficiaries at the launch of the scheme.

"The DBT scheme will be beneficial to the poor as they will get the money in time. The state government will launch the DBT scheme in the entire state from April 1 after reviewing its performance in the two districts. In the first phase, the government has launched the DBT scheme for Post Matric Scholarship for SC Students, Post Matric Scholarship for OBC Students, National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme, National Scheme for incentive for Girl Children for Secondary Education, Post Matric Scholarship for Minority Students, National Means cum Merit Scholarship for Minorities Scholars and Janani Suraksha Yojana. The total numbers of beneficiaries under the above schemes is 9639 in Ambala and 6509 in Sonepat," Hooda said in a statement.

According to the government, all the beneficiaries in the seven schemes in two districts have been enrolled for generation of Aadhaar number, and Adhaar numbers of 6,552 (68 per cent) beneficiaries in Ambala district and 5,227 (80 per cent) beneficiaries in Sonepat district had been generated till Thursday.

Describing the DBT scheme as a "giant leap towards transparent and people-friendly governance," Hooda said: "It would prove to be a big help for beneficiaries as the money would now go straight into their bank accounts. The Aadhaar enabled DBT would help Centre in providing end to end traceability and availability of funds transferred."

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