The Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on 13 August 2013 decided to extend Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme to 35 more districts from 1 September 2013.
With this extension the total districts covered under this scheme would go up to 55 districts.
The new districts which will be covered under the scheme include 12 in Kerala, seven in Andhra Pradesh, seven in Himachal Pradesh, five in Punjab, two in Madhya Pradesh and one each in Maharashtra and Goa.
The decision to include 35 more districts would add about 1.4 crore consumers to the 2.12 crore existing consumers.
Under this scheme consumers will get an advance of 435 rupees in their bank accounts. They can then use this to buy gas cylinders at the market price which is double the subsidised rate.
Since its launch on 1 June 2013, about four million direct cash transfers have taken place to consumers’ bank accounts. So far, 150.6 crore rupees has been transferred to consumers in 20 districts of phase one.
About the Scheme
• The Union Government on 1 June 2013 launched the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme with the aim of curbing leakages, preventing black-marketing and sending gas subsidy to the consumers’ bank accounts.
• All Aadhaar-linked domestic LPG consumers get an advance of 435 rupees an LPG cylinder in their bank account as soon as they book the first subsidised unit before delivery.
• When the first subsidised cylinder is delivered to such consumers, the next subsidy will be credited to their bank account, which can then be used for the purchase of the next subsidised cylinder at the market rate.
Where: 35 Districts
When: 13 August 2013