Banks, oil marketing companies told to raise awareness on the scheme

There are just over two weeks left for the rollout of the Aadhaar-based domestic LPG subsidy transfer to consumers’ bank accounts. However, only 20 per cent of consumers have got their Aadhaar numbers linked with banks in Mysore district.

Banks and oil marketing companies (OMCs) have been told to take up a massive publicity campaign to ensure 100 per cent linkage of Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts to ensure direct benefit transfer of LPG subsidy before February 15, when the scheme will be launched.

Neeraj Mittal, Joint Secretary (Marketing), Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, on Wednesday held a meeting with officials from banks and OMCs to discuss preparations for the rollout. Additional Deputy Commissioner Naga Naik; R.K. Arora, executive director, marketing division, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bangalore; S. Bangara Raju, general manager, retail network-II, State Bank of Mysore, Mysore; and M.B. Chinnappa, lead bank officer of the district lead bank, SBM, were present.

Addressing presspersons, Mr. Mittal reiterated that the subsidy of about Rs. 500 would be transferred to consumers’ accounts in all banks, if the unique identification number was linked to it.

Shirish Chaudhary, Additional Director-General, Unique Identification Authority of India, Bangalore, said that out of 28.58 lakh people who had enrolled for Aadhaar in Mysore district, the number had been delivered to nearly 24 lakh people.

Those who had not received the numbers could submit their enrolment IDs to banks and distributors, who would in turn send them to the authority.

If consumers had no bank accounts, they should open one and register their Aadhaar numbers with the bank and LPG distributors, Mr. Mittal added.

Mysore is one of the 51 districts identified for the scheme.

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