National Committee on Direct Cash Transfers in its meet with the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh decided to roll-out, the Direct Cash Benefits from 1 January 2013 in 43 identified districts of the country. The decision was taken to ensure that the benefits could be transferred electronically into the bank accounts of the individuals, without making delays and diversions of any type.
A high level meet was conducted on 13 December 2012 with the District Collectors of thee identified areas and fine tuned information related to steps that need to be taken in case of Direct Benefits Transfer.
Direct Benefits Transfer and it covers:
• Transfer of cash benefits like pensions, scholarships, NREGA wages and others directly through the Government in the Bank or Post Office Accounts of identified beneficiaries under the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) programme. The program would also device necessary system so that the transfers can be done in a phased, time-bound manner for Direct Benefits Transfer.
• Direct Benefits Transfer would not act as a substitute for delivery of public services and it would continue to be in place via normal delivery channels.
• The Direct Benefits Transfer would not allow replacement of food through cash managed under Public Distribution System. The Government will be committed towards legislation of the National Food Security Act.
Rollout on 1.1.2013 mean in practice
The Rollout that would began on 1.1.2013 in 43 districts of 16 different states under 26 different schemes, which have been identified for first round of Direct Benefits Transfer. All these districts were selected on the basis of its coverage of bank accounts and Aadhaar.