Though the district is not identified for the project
Coimbatore is not among the districts identified for the Direct Benefit Transfer project. However, it has started preparing for the scheme by opening bank accounts for the beneficiaries.
The District Lead Bank manager J. Vanangamudi told The Hindu that as many as 27 schemes of the Union Government were implemented here apart from the State Government projects. The benefits of select schemes such as old age pension, labour department and student scholarship were now sent to the bank branches and the amount was transferred to the beneficiary’s account by the bank.
Benefits under the old age pension scheme were now transferred to the beneficiaries directly in the district.
With regard to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, one village has been identified in each block for transfer of the cash benefits to their bank accounts.
The service of banking correspondents, smart cards, and ultra small branches were used for this purpose now.
“Our district is not identified for direct transfer of cash benefits. What we are doing is our effort and a partial implementation of the scheme,” he said.
Under the National Child Labour Project, rescued child workers who are studying in the special centres will get the monthly stipend directly. Bank accounts have been opened for the children.
A special camp will be organised soon and the database of the Aadhar numbers and bank accounts will be sent to the Centre. This process is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Opening of bank accounts and Aadhar enrolment will be an on-going process so that all the children who are rescued during raids get the benefit, said an official of the project here.
Under the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, the departments and the Government will transfer the benefits directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
The Aadhar numbers will have to be seeded with the bank accounts for this purpose.