29 Jan, New Delhi
More than 64 per cent of 15.3 crore LPG consumers in the country have joined the ambitious PAHAL scheme to receive cash subsidy in their bank accounts so they can buy the cooking gas at market price.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters in New Delhi that over 9.35 crore LPG consumers have joined the scheme so far.
The Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Scheme was launched on 15th November last year in 54 districts and in the rest of the country from 1st of January this year. The scheme has become world’s largest direct cash transfer scheme. However, it aims to transfer the subsidy on LPG directly into the bank accounts of over 15 crore LPG consumers.
Pradhan said the government is looking at roping in 75 to 80 per cent consumers before the Budget session of Parliament begins on 23rd of February.
The MyLPG.in portal, which provides one stop solutions to cooking gas consumers – from joining DBTL to knowing their status of their refil bookings and cash subsidy received, will be also be available in 10 regional languages. LPG consumers have time till 31st March to join the scheme, failing which they will not get any subsidy and will be forced to buy LPG at market rate. Similar cash transfer scheme in Brazil and China had a total of about 2.2 crore beneficiaries, the Minister said.