Though many may have not expected, the Aadhaar and direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes have progressed quite well, thanks to the practical approach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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An official statement said it resulted in weeding out of duplicate beneficiaries.
Over 1.6 crore bogus ration cards have been deleted, resulting in savings of about Rs 10,000 crore. Similarly, 3.5 crore duplicate beneficiaries were weeded out in the PAHAL scheme, resulting in savings of over Rs 14,000 crore in 2014-15 alone. The government was also able to save Rs 3000 crore in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in 2015-16.
“Several States and Union Territories too have achieved significant savings through DBT,” said the release.
The government is now also working on a unique identifier for non government organisations (NGOs). Over 71,000 NGOs are now registered with the NGO Darpan portal maintained by NITI Aayog.
However, the main challenge for the government will be to extend it to mainly food and fertilizer subsidy payments of over Rs 2 lakh crore in a year and also to schemes like health insurance besides pensions and scholarships.