Test of flagship schemes on Jan 1

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:51 hrs

pThe government&rsquos ambitious direct cash transfer DCT scheme on subsidies is to be tested right in the first phase from January 1 on some of its flagship programmes Selected districts are to see from January 1 a phased roll-out of the DCT These are to be the site for testing on 29 of the government&rsquos 42 programmes for subsidy transfer in the first phaseppThe rural job guarantee law operationalised as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme MGNREGS is to be one So would the Indira Awas Yojana the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowships and the Dhanalaxmi scheme for the girl child among othersppThe full list of 29 programmes for putting on the Aadhaar platform on a pilot basis hasn&rsquot been issued yet Of the 42 schemes identified 14 are of the ministry of social justice and empowermentppAs many as 22 relate to distribution of scholarships to different sections of society Other ministries whose schemes have been judged suitable for DCT are human resource development tribal affairs minority affairs women and child development health and family welfare rural development labour and employment petroleum and natural gas chemicals and fertilisers and food and public distributionppThe department of posts with its 27 million bank accounts of which 15 million are zero-balance ones will form an integral part of the scheme For the MGNREGS officials said wherever an Aadhaar platform isn&rsquot available job card numbers could be used for cash transferppAt a later stage the cash transfer could be seeded with Aadhaar The mid-day meal scheme isn&rsquot being considered now for DCT but related ones such as cash for purchase of school uniforms could be rolled out on Aadhaar numbersppIn health officials said specific components in the Janani Suraksha Yojana in which beneficiaries are paid through cheques could also be tried with an Aadhaar-enabled DCT system from next monthppFor direct transfer of food subsidy the department of food and public distribution will roll-out the scheme in six Union Territories and states from April 1 These include Delhi Puducherry and ChandigarhppThe Prime Minister&rsquos Office has directed all ministries to prepare a schedule for DCT in the identified districts It has also asked all departments forming part of the roll-out to designate internal nodal points to facilitate thesep

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