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State makes up for delay in Aadhaar-linked DCT launch

M.L. Melly Maitreyi
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East Godavari first district in country to disburse pensions, NREGS payments

Andhra Pradesh, which belied the expectations by failing to launch the Direct Cash Transfer scheme as part of nation-wide programme in targeted five districts on January 1, will now compensate for the delay on January 6.

East Godavari will become the first district in the country on Sunday to roll out schemes of both phase I (all pre and post matric scholarships) and Phase II covering all pensions and NREGS disbursements under National Social Assistance Programme.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh will launch the cash transfer scheme at Gollaprolu village in East Godavari on Sunday.

The January 1 launch had to be postponed due to delay in linking the bank accounts to the Aadhaar cards. But thanks to crash work done in the last two weeks, the district now can roll out cash transfer to 90 per cent of scholarship beneficiaries and 95 per cent of pensioners and NREGS beneficiaries, official sources told The Hindu .

East Godavari which had won Prime Minister’s award for maximum Aadhaar enrolment could link bank accounts of majority of the beneficiaries to the Aadhaar number for the direct cash transfer. The district has 1,49,845 beneficiaries under scholarships and Janani Suraksha scheme and about 2.5 lakh pensioners and close to four lakh poor under the NREGS. The district could also include DCT phase II schemes - Pensions and NREGS ahead of other districts in the country because cash was already being deposited directly into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts. The disbursement was facilitated to the beneficiaries in rural areas at their doorstep through smart cards and the business correspondents of banks like FINO equipped with handheld devices linked to the banks. “All that we did was to upgrade the existing process to Aadhaar by linking their bank accounts to Aadhaar number and it was done in 95 per cent of cases,” they said. The direct cash transfer will start rolling out in four other districts - Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Chittoor and Anantapur from January 15. For in these districts, majority of beneficiaries have accounts in Andhra Bank and State Bank of Hyderabad which are in the process of moving to Aadhaar platform, an official said.


  • Kiran Kumar Reddy and Jairam Ramesh to launch cash transfer scheme today at Gollaprolu village in East Godavari dist.

  • January 1 launch had to be postponed due to delay in linking the bank accounts to the Aadhaar cards



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