Union Budget 2013: Govt promises 'money in hand' for poor

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 13:54 hrs

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said the government is determined to plug in the leakages in the implementation of developmental programmes meant for the poor and the deprived of the country.

"To achieve this, the Government, which made a modest and cautious beginning on the 1st January, 2013, has announced rolling out of the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme throughout the country," he said while presenting the Union Budget 2013-14 in the Parliament on Thursday.

Making a promise to the poor to ensure handing over the money meant for them in their own hands, Chidambaram said that nearly 11 Lakhs beneficiaries have received the benefits directly into their bank accounts.

Giving example of the happiness of dalit and tribal students and pregnant women upon getting scholarships and maternity benefits, the Minister said that government is redoubling its efforts to ensure that the digitized beneficiaries lists are available; that bank account is opened for each beneficiary; and that the bank account is seeded with Aadhaar in due course.

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