Indian Current Affairs August 2013

Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme

Government of India had envisaged launch of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme in 20 high Aadhaar coverage districts benefitting 73 lakh consumers (7.3 million). The scheme aims to curb leakages and prevent black-marketing and provide subsidy to consumers in their bank accounts. In these districts the subsidy on LPG cylinders is being provided directly to consumers in their Aadhaar linked bank accounts.
Till now 1.72 million Aadhaar linked domestic LPG consumers have got an advance in their bank account and on the delivery of the first subsidized cylinder, the next subsidy (1.68 million transactions so far) have been transferred in their bank account, which is available for the purchase of next subsidized cylinder at market rate. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Finance and UIDAI have taken several initiatives to make the processes simpler and to expand the reach of DBTL to all LPG consumers.

The MoPNG along with Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Banks have undertaken multipronged efforts to educate the consumers to link their Aadhaar numbers to LPG consumer number and in bank account. 

Following steps have been taken to increase Aadhaar seeding in LPG and Banks: 

1. Advertisements released in leading dailies. 
2. Drop boxes to collect Bank-Aadhaar linking forms placed at all distributorships/ROs and handing over to Lead District Managers for Banks.
3. Bank-Aadhaar linking forms being distributed to customers who have not yet linked Aadhaar to their bank accounts. 
4. Delivery Boys are informing customers about need for Aadhaar linking while delivering refills. 
5. Showroom staff are informing customers while receiving booking for refills Cash Memos are being stamped to communicate need for Aadhaar linkage to get subsidy in bank account. 
6. An Incentive scheme has been announced by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to encourage distributors to seed Aadhaar numbers in LPG database. 

After the end of grace period i.e. w.e.f. 01.09.2013, LPG cylinders will be sold to all domestic LPG consumers at market price. However, the subsidy will be transferred to only those who have linked Aadhaar number to LPG.

This post contains the Indian current affairs of August 2013. These are short current affairs 2013 notes for quick review.
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