The state government of Assam has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell for the implementation of DBT across schemes in the country.
The purpose of setting up the cell is also to coordinate efforts at the state level in taking the DBT initiative forward with immediate effect.
While the Chairman of the cell will be the Chief Secretary of Assam, its convenor would be Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary of the state’s finance department.
Main functions of the cell
• It will coordinate with Central Ministries and distribute the directives to the respective departments in the state.
• It will closely monitor and evaluate the progress of various departments on DBT related indicators.
• It will further function as the research unit to explore the possibility of using information technology for better service delivery across a range of government services in the state.
About Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme
What is it?
It basically means to transfer subsidies directly to the people through their bank accounts.
When was it introduced?
It was launched by the Government of India on 1 January 2013.
Why was it launched?
The main aim behind its introduction is to bring transparency in the distribution of funds sponsored by Central Government of India.
It hopes to reduce leakages, corruption, eliminate the role of middlemen and speed up the process of transfer of benefits to the deserving.
How will it be implemented?
The payment would be processed with the help of Aadhaar linked bank account.
Who: Assam Government