The Aadhaar-linked Direct Cash Transfer (DCT) scheme, under which wages of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) workers are transferred directly to bank accounts, was launched here on Saturday.

Job cards of beneficiaries will be linked to the Aadhaar card. A.H. Vishwanath, Mysore MP, launched the programme .

The scheme became operational in the G.B. Saragur Gram Panchayat, covering as many as 29 beneficiaries and involving Rs. 30,690, and 53 beneficiaries in Chakkodanahalli Gram Panchayat covering as many as 53 beneficiaries and involving a sum of Rs. 60,000, both in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district.

Besides, post office accounts of five beneficiaries at Chikkeriyur, also in H.D. Kote taluk, would be linked to the scheme.

‘No middlemen’

Mr. Vishwanath said that the DCT scheme would ensure that middlemen were eliminated. Mr. Vishwanath called upon government and bank officials not to “neglect” Central government schemes aimed at ensuring the welfare of the people.

About 1,64,000 beneficiaries under the MNREGA in the 235 gram panchayats in Mysore would be brought under the purview of the DCT scheme soon, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, M.N. Ajay Nagbhushan said.

Dr. Nagbhushan stated that if five members of a family were involved in the job scheme, the wages would be transferred to one account. If the beneficiaries demanded that their accounts remain separate that could be done, he said. There were over 50,000 beneficiary accounts in post offices in Mysore district, Dr. Nagbhushan stated.

President of the G.B. Saragur Gram Panchayat K. Bore Gowda and secretary Ramaswamy were present.