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Dec 31, 2012 at 07:09pm IST

BJP says government's direct cash transfer scheme 'fooling' people

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday accused the government of "fooling" the people by hurriedly implementing the cash transfer scheme without issuing Aadhaar cards to all the intended beneficiaries and creating an environment of confusion. "In 2012, the government's own game plan has been spoiled and yet it is calling this cash transfer scheme a game changer. The scheme is only being implemented in some districts. Moreover, the opinion within the government itself is divided on who falls under the BPL (below poverty line) category," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

The main opposition maintained that the first priority for the government should be to grapple with price rise, falling Gross Domestic Product and rampant corruption. The government earlier on Monday announced that the cash transfer scheme will be implemented in 43 districts initially starting from January 1. There will be no cash transfer for the subsidy on food, kerosene, diesel and fertiliser.

"The government says cash subsidy will be given to BPL families but most such families do not have a bank account. Bank managers have only now been asked to help them open their accounts. Aadhaar cards have not been made for a large number of people," the party spokesperson said.

Cash transfer a scheme to 'fool' people, says BJP

"The government's game plan has been spoiled and yet it is calling this cash transfer scheme a game changer," said

Aadhaar unique identity cards will be the basis for the cash transfer programme. "Today Congress is not even in the game but is calling this scheme a game changer. The government is only trying to create an environment of confusion. It is only fooling the people through this scheme," Hussain alleged.

At the same time, BJP clarified that it is not against the scheme per se and said that its only grievance is that it is not being implemented properly. "Time will only tell how successful this scheme will be," Hussain said.