Centre claims to have saved over ₹51,000 crore through DBT in FY19
Govt offers 439 subsidy schemes, including for cooking gas and fertilizer subsidy, which fall under the ambit of DBT
Any cut in subsidies, which remains one of the main contributors to India’s fiscal deficit, is expected to help improve the country’s sovereign ratings
NEW DELHI : The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has claimed to have saved ₹51,664.85 crore in 2018-19 through direct transfer of subsidies to genuine beneficiaries. Since the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme was implemented in January 2013, it has helped the government plug subsidy leakages by eliminating intermediaries and middlemen, which in turn resulted in a savings of about ₹1.41 trillion, the government added.