Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 9:
Odisha has topped the national average in the registration of Direct Benefits Transfer for LPG (DBTL), also known as Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh (PAHAL) scheme of the Centre.
As against the all India average of 69 percent, there has been 70.07 percent of the LPG consumers in Odisha have been registered under the scheme.
“The scheme, introduced by the Centre, has become immensely successful in the country as more than 10 crore LPG beneficiaries have been registered under it till date. Within a period of more than a month, the direct benefit amount of nearly Rs 4000 crore have been debited to the account of the beneficiaries,” said Union Petroleum and Chemicals minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
He said compared to the success rate of the scheme in the all India level which is 69 percent, in Odisha it has crossed the national average with 70.07 percent. “The scheme, through digital governance, has been successful in curbing rampant black marketing of LPG, benefiting the consumers by providing them with novel distribution system.
“In terms of linking the beneficiaries to their bank account in a digital platform, the scheme would become the largest distribution scheme in the world”, Pradhan claimed.
It may be mentioned that the Centre has set March 31 as the deadline for DBTL registration in the country.