Ranchi, Aug. 11: Chief minister Hemant Soren will hold a meeting with deputy commissioners of all the 24 districts of Jharkhand on Tuesday to discuss steps to smoothly execute the Aadhaar-enabled direct benefit transfer scheme across the state.
Currently, this scheme is being run in Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Khunti, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Bokaro and Lohardaga districts on a pilot basis.
Speaking to The Telegraph, chief secretary Ram Sevak Sharma said Hemant held detailed discussions yesterday on this. Based on the talks, it was decided that all deputy commissioners would be summoned and told about targets. Hemant will participate in the inaugural session.
“The pilot project is highly successful. Now, the state government wants to widen its ambit and link it with Centre-sponsored welfare schemes such as National Social Assistance Programme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and scholarships. Extending Aadhaar-linked benefits will check subsidy theft and expel fake beneficiaries, plugging loopholes of mass welfare schemes,” Sharma added.
This initiative prominently figures on the common minimum programme of JMM-Cong-RJD combine. During his Ranchi visit two days ago, Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh enquired about the current status of the common minimum programme.
Direct benefit transfer scheme via Aadhaar has had a bright start in Ranchi district, which tops 51 pilot districts across the country. “If Ranchi can do it, why can’t other districts,” said a senior bureaucrat at the chief minister’s secretariat.
In recent months, the state government is holding regular meetings with bank officials to link the bank accounts with UID Aadhaar numbers.
“The response from bank customers is impressive. Everyday, they are turning up in large numbers for linking their bank accounts with UID Aadhaar numbers. They may also soon be getting LPG subsidy gas amounts through their bank accounts,” said a senior official of Bank of India.