Lead District Manager S. Lakshminarayana on Tuesday said the bankers are preparing ground in collaboration with the district administration for implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme in West Godavari district from August.
West Godavari district is one of 14 districts proposed to be brought under the DBT scheme in third phase in the State.
Speaking at a Town Level Bankers Committee (TLBC) here, he requested the authorities of the Eluru Municipal Corporation (EMC) and the Mission for Elimination for Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) to take an active part in enrolment of Aadhaar cards and in the process of their seeding (integration) with the bank accounts. It was decided at a joint meeting convened by Collector G. Vanimohan with the bankers and representatives of district administration here last night to complete the whole process of enrolment and seeding of Aadhaar cards by the end of July, the LDM informed.
He said the benefits under the centrally-sponsored scheme were set to flow through the DBT to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries directly without any intermediaries if it became operational.
The students were entitled to receive scholarships under the 26 centrally sponsored schemes. But only nine of them were under implementation in the district, he explained. When all the beneficiaries had already opened their bank accounts, the seeding was due to take place with the bank account numbers as the basis, Mr. Lakshminarayana added. The LDM called upon the bankers to work in a mission mode for integrating the data relating to 9 lakh LPG connections with the bank accounts of the customers.
There were 11 lakh white ration cards in the district, most of the card-holders were found to be not having bank accounts so.
The administration was making efforts to open bank accounts for all of them with the involvement of the fair price shop dealers.
The dealers were instructed to fill the application forms with the details of the card holders and submit them in the respective bank branches for opening the bank accounts, Mr. Lakshminarayana said. Sesha Reddy, Project Director, MEPMA, was in the chair.