CASH TRANSFER

  • Direct cash transfers: What money can buy July 8, 2013

    "Lottery si lag gayi [it's as if I have won a lottery]," says Nagina, a beneficiary of the Delhi government's Annashree scheme, which gives poor families without access to ration shops Rs 600 a month, no questions asked. This is the difference between the subsidised price of food sold through...
  • Mamata questions UPA's hurry to pass Food Security Bill June 4, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday questioned the Congressled UPA government on its "hurriedness" to pass the National Food Security Bill. "A special session of parliament is reportedly being convened shortly to consider and pass the National Food Security Bill. Is this the right time for UPAII to...
  • Direct cash transfer for LPG consumers starts today June 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Direct transfer scheme for LPG cylinder subsidy has come into force from June 1. Under the scheme, the government will transfer Rs 435 directly in the bank accounts of LPG consumers in 18 districts of the country. Consumers will get the money each time they book for an LPG...
  • DBT will be rolled out by end of FY14: Chidambaram April 6, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted there were problems in the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has come out with a clarification saying the government is trying to resolve some issues. The scheme will be rolled out across the country by the end...
  • UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani attends NAC meet on Direct Benefit Transfer March 1, 2013

    The Direct Benefit Transfer initiative of the government came in for discussion and scrutiny in Sonia Gandhi led National Advisory Council on February 26. Mr Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson of UIDAI, sought to assure members that Aadhaar will not become a tool for exclusion. After the meeting Aruna Roy, one of...
  • Direct Cash Transfer scheme to cover entire country February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Nearly 11 lakh poor people have benefitted from the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme, which began on January 1, 2013 and will be rolled out throughout the country, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said during his Budget speech in the Lok Sabha. He said the "Aapka paisa aapke haath" concept has...
  • Over 8000 eunuchs received Aadhaar numbers in 2012 February 25, 2013

    New Delhi: 8,805 eunuchs living across the country were issued Aadhaar numbers in 2012 by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Only 96 Aadhaar numbers were issued to eunuchs in 2010. The figure rose to 12,554 in 2011, the UIDAI said in reply to an RTI query. Over ten crore...
  • Budget report card: Direct Cash Transfer February 9, 2013

    On this episode we take a look at a scheme that has been built as the game changer for the UPA government. ...
  • Implementation of direct cash transfer scheme slow in WB February 8, 2013

    Kolkata: The direct cash transfer scheme is being implemented at a very slow pace in West Bengal. It is a huge cause of concern. Many of those who queue up outside biometry camps in Hooghly don't understand why they need another card to formalise their citizenship nor what the buzz...
  • Maharashtra: Direct cash transfer gets a slow start February 7, 2013

    Mumbai: The ambitious game changer of the UPAII, the Aadhaar linked direct cash transfer has had a very slow start in Maharasthra, owing to the low penetration of the Aadhaar card itself in the state. Officials in the state feel the start of direct cash transfer is ensuring that more...
  • Direct cash transfer scheme in Ajmer leaves people confused February 6, 2013

    Ajmer: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched the Aadhaarbased direct benefits transfer scheme in Ajmer months back. Over a month since its implementation, the supposed game changer of the UPAII has little to boast about. College student Ajay Kumar, who scored 68 per cent marks in...
  • Kerala: Students happy with direct cash transfer scheme February 5, 2013

    Wayanad: UPAII's game changer direct cash transfer scheme is all set to go big across the country. CNNIBN is taking a look at how its implementation is affecting lives. In the backward districts of Kerala, students are benefitting from it in the form of scholarships, but the tribals there are...
  • Direct Cash Transfer scheme beneficiaries clueless February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Aadhaar card enabled cash transfers, or Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme, which was launched on January 1, 2013, was UPAled government's supposed game changer. However, the scheme is yet to take off properly. For example, most of the beneficiaries of the Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer scheme...
  • Chidambaram justifies direct cash transfer scheme February 4, 2013

    Sivaganga: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday justified direct cash transfer to beneficiaries of welfare schemes and wondered why some are opposed to the move, which keeps middlemen at bay. "There is nothing wrong in welfare scheme funds going directly to accounts of beneficiaries without middlemen and pilferages," he...
  • Inside the Direct Cash Transfer debate January 17, 2013

    Over the past three years, India has vigorously debated the merits of having a Unique Identity (UID) number for each citizen and, allied with it, the move towards direct cash transfers (DCT) of subsidies (like food, fuel and fertilizer) and social security endowments, like pensions and scholarships. On January 1,...
  • Will Unique Identification start to deliver? January 14, 2013

    The PMO has announced that the government will start UIDbased cash transfers in 51 districts from January 1, 2013, and it will be expanded to 18 states from April 1, 2013. However, given the practical problems involved, as well as the time required to put in place the requisite infrastructure,...
  • 'Cash transfer scheme is not a magic wand, problems exist' January 6, 2013

    Gollaprolu: The direct cash transfer scheme is not a "jaadu ki chhadi" (magic wand) to reform a "broken down" delivery system and problems are there in its implementation, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Sunday. "It (Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme) is not a single 'jaadu ki chhadi' (magic wand). It is...
  • Direct cash transfer scheme a sham, says Mayawati January 3, 2013

    Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday lashed out at the Congressled United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's direct cash transfer scheme here, describing it as a ploy to hoodwink voters in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. "This is an old book with a new cover," the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo told...
  • Sheila Dikshit launches cash transfer scheme in Delhi January 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The government's ambitious direct cash transfer programme was rolled out in two districts of Delhi on Tuesday with only four out of 26 identified schemes being covered. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launched the centrallysponsored Aadhaarenabled direct cash transfer scheme being implemented in North West and North East districts. Touted...
  • Direct cash transfer: UPA faces opposition from within January 1, 2013

    Sources say that many ministers opposed the scheme fearing that the hiccups in the scheme could hurt the party in the Lok Sabha polls. ...
  • Direct cash transfer in 20 districts from today January 1, 2013

    New Delhi: UPA's much hyped scheme of direct cash transfer of subsidy to bank accounts of beneficiaries begins on Tuesday across 20 districts of the country with Finance Minister P Chidambaram describing the move as a "gamechanger". The programme, will cover a select 26 schemes like educational scholarship for SC/ST and...
  • Direct cash transfer in 20 districts from today January 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The government's ambitious scheme of direct cash transfer of subsidy to bank accounts of beneficiaries begins on Tuesday across 20 districts of the country with Finance Minister P Chidambaram describing the move as a "game changer". Talking to media persons along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, Chidambaram...
  • Cash transfer a scheme to 'fool' people, says BJP December 31, 2012

    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...
  • Chidambaram admits glitches in cash transfer scheme rollout December 31, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who had earlier described it as "pure magic" and "error free", has admitted that the rollout of the controversial Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme may have some glitches. The poverty reduction scheme, through which the government aims to provide benefits to the poor...
  • Ramesh to launch direct cash transfer scheme on Jan 2 December 27, 2012

    Rajahmundry: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh will launch the direct cash transfer scheme from Gollaprollu Mandal of East Godvari district of Andhra Pradesh on January 2, a senior official said on Wednesday. East Godavari district collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said the Union Rural Development Minister will launch the direct cash transfer scheme...
  • Direct Cash Transfer scheme not a complex project: PC December 25, 2012

    Puducherry: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme to the targeted sections of people "will be a simple and errorfree" arrangement with the utilisation of technology. Addressing officials of Puducherry government and various banks at a meeting organised by state level Bankers Committee...
  • Direct Cash Transfer system a 'pure magic': Chidambaram December 23, 2012

    Jaipur: Describing the proposed Direct Cash Transfer scheme a 'pure magic' that brings a big responsibility on banks for its implementation, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday asked bankers to work with the government to make the scheme a success. "Through this unique benefit transfer scheme, money when it is released,...
  • Cash transfer scheme to eliminate middlemen: PC December 16, 2012

    Alwar: Expressing satisfaction over progress in implementation of Aadhaar cardbased cash transfer scheme, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said it will eliminate middlemen and ensure that government aid directly reaches the intended beneficiaries. While addressing a gathering of government officials and representatives from various banks in Alwar, he stressed...
  • Cong will pay a big political price for cash transfer: Nikhil Dey December 15, 2012

    Implement direct cash transfers adequately and win the next two general elections in 2014 and 2019 is the simple new mantra of the Congress party. The story on the ground, however, is vastly complex. Here, activist Nikhil Dey who has decades of experience not just in architecting laws like the...
  • 'Direct cash transfer scheme will be last nail in UPA's coffin' December 15, 2012

    " ...if they go ahead with the illusion that they can implement mass cash transfers before 2014 elections this will be the last nail in the coffin of the UPA government" said Jean Dreze. He also termed as " dangerous" the political ambition in direct cash transfers that seeks to...