Cash transfer policy for 10 welfare schemes in East & West Districts
Gangtok, January 4, 2013
Ten Central welfare schemes being implemented in two Districts of Sikkim would be coming under Direct Cash Transfer policy from 2013 wherein the beneficiaries would have cash benefits transferred directly into their Aadhar enabled bank accounts.
Government processes for the direct cash transfer policy are being initiated for East and West Districts and is expected to be implemented by first quarter of this year.
The new policy is being introduced in 43 Districts of the country as a pilot project. Seven of the ten welfare schemes to following direct cash transfer policy are under Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare department.
They are post matric scholarship for SC students, up-gradation of merit for SC students, post matric scholarship for OBC, post matric scholarship for ST students, up-gradation of merit for ST students, matric scholarship scheme for minority communities and merit cum means based scholarship to students of minority communities.
The other three Central schemes to come under the new policy are national means cum merit scholarship and incentives for girl child of Human Resource Development department and Janani Suraksha Yojana of Health department.
Speaking with SIKKIM EXPRESS, East District collector D Anandan said that State and District level meetings have been held recently for implementation of the direct cash transfer policy.
“A step by step procedure for rolling out the system has been chalked out wherein the blockwise beneficiaries list of the identified schemes will be prepared by the department concerned in a prescribed format”, he said.
Block level camps in East District are being organized where the representatives of departments concerned, UID authorities and bank managers would be sensitizing the people on the new policy, said D Anandan.
Those beneficiaries who do not have bank accounts but have a UID would be encouraged to open an Aadhar enabled back account immediately at these banks, he said.
Beneficiaries who are yet to enroll for Aadhar would be registered by the UID authorities after which the banking formalities would be done at these camps.
A beneficiary who has both bank account and UID number would be seeded in with the bank account to make the bank account Aadhar enabled.
After this process, cash benefits a beneficiary is entitled to the identified welfare scheme would be directly transferred into his or her account.
Camps for Gangtok have already been completed while camps for rural areas of East District would be held in block administrative centres from today till January 31.
Implementation of direct cash transfer system would ensure speedy, transparent and direct facility to the beneficiary identified which is an advantage to the beneficiary, said the East District collector.
The Union government has already clarified that the direct cash transfer system is not for food, fertilizer and petroleum products.