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1 lakh LPG consumers get subsidy transfers till 4 June

Consumers whose bank accounts could not be “seeded” or linked to their Aadhaar or national identity numbers will receive subsidized cooking gas for the next three months.  (Consumers whose bank accounts could not be “seeded” or linked to their Aadhaar or national identity numbers will receive subsidized cooking gas for the next three months. )Premium
Consumers whose bank accounts could not be “seeded” or linked to their Aadhaar or national identity numbers will receive subsidized cooking gas for the next three months.
(Consumers whose bank accounts could not be “seeded” or linked to their Aadhaar or national identity numbers will receive subsidized cooking gas for the next three months. )

Consumers who had booked an LPG cylinder each received a subsidy advance of 435 in their accounts

New Delhi: At least 100,000 consumers of cooking gas cylinders in 18 districts, where direct benefit transfers (DBT) began on 1 June, have received the subsidy in their bank accounts, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

Consumers who had booked an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cylinder each received a subsidy advance of 435 in their accounts, while they paid the dealers a non-subsidized market rate, it said.

“Till the evening of 4th June, 2013, 1.145 lakh DBT transactions amounting to Rs.4.95 crores were transacted. Almost 30 thousand DBT transactions are being executed every day. The failure rates are below 0.5%," the government said in the statement.

Consumers whose bank accounts could not be “seeded" or linked to their Aadhaar or national identity numbers will receive subsidized cooking gas for the next three months.

“The oil marketing companies are making renewed efforts to collect the bank account details of LPG consumers to be given to banks for seeding," the government said.

As on 25 April, 13% of the bank accounts of beneficiaries had been linked to their Aadhaar numbers in the 20 districts where the subsidy transfer scheme was to be rolled out, show the minutes of a meeting between the oil and gas ministry and the executive committee on DBT, which has been posted online.

Since then, to accelerate seeding, consumer bank account details were sought to be collected by oil marketing companies through forms dropped at LPG dealerships by consumers.

The programme’s first phase was to be carried out in 20 districts, but since the election code of conduct was in force in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Mysore in Karnataka, these areas were left out.

India has about 140 million consumers of subsidised cooking gas cylinders.

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