Aadhaar-bank account linkage: no subsidy after May 15

LPG consumers in five districts will have to necessarily get their Aadhaar numbers linked to their bank accounts and submit them to their gas agency dealers by May 15 to avail the subsidy on LPG cylinder.

The Centre, which has extended the deadline from February 15 three times so far, made it clear to the State government that no more extension would be given.

Of the 50.48 lakh LPG consumers in the five districts of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Anantapur, Chittoor and East Godavari, 22.15 lakh consumers (45 per cent) were so far seeded into the database of oil companies based on their Aadhaar number. While 50 per cent of consumers in Chittoor and Anantapur got their bank linkage and submitted their Aadhaar number to their respective gas agencies, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad were lagging behind with 36 per cent and 43 per cent respectively.

After May 15, only consumers who established Aadhaar-bank linkage will get the subsidy on LPG cylinders refunded to their bank accounts.

The price of LGP cylinder for domestic purpose is Rs.1,020 and the subsidy component about Rs.600.

Dr. P.V. Ramesh, Principal Secretary, Finance, who is monitoring the Aadhaar enrolment for implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme to the beneficiaries under various welfare schemes, disclosed this after a review meeting with the Chief Secretary here on Wednesday.

He said those who had already enrolled under Aadhaar and awaiting their number, could furnish their e-enrolment number at the Mee Seva or e-Seva centres and get the details.

Those who had not yet enrolled under Aadhaar should do so without further delay as online enrolment facility was available for one last one month to book slot in 4,800 enumeration centres.

The second phase of DBT scheme would be rolled out in eight more districts.