Aadhaar linking to bank accounts in south Goa to be expedited: Collector

The growing complaints of LPG consumers over various issues related to Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) is worrying the bankers in the State even as banks are trying to expedite the process of Aadhaar seeding.

In north Goa, which took up DBTL in the first phase with 19 other districts of the country, the seeding of Aadhaar has been satisfactory with bankers achieving 61 per cent and agencies achieving 65 per cent, thereby reducing the gap between the two to a mere four per cent. The total number of gas connections registered so far has been 2.43 lakh as per the State Bank of India (SBI) figures on Saturday.

In the smaller district of south Goa with 1.9 lakh gas connections, which began the linking from September 1, the process has reached 31 per cent as per banks and 42 per centas per gas agencies, thus showing an 11 per cent gap between the two.

Following a meeting convened on September 17 by south Goa Collector N.D. Agarwal with bankers and gas agencies in the district to expedite this process, the process has been on a fast track, SBI’s south Goa Lead Bank Officer M.B. Sawant said on Saturday.

Special counters have been arranged by the Collector to expedite the process and resolve people’s grievances after people and bankers pointed out that contrary to the claims of the government that coverage of Aadhaar card was well over 90 per cent in Goa, large number of people were yet to get their cards.

It has been agreed upon by the bankers to allow seeding of Aadhaar for DBTL on the basis of e-copy of the Aadhaar registration submitted by LPG connection holders.

Bankers say that complaints of beneficiaries not getting their credit for subsidy on gas cylinders continue to pour in, often disrupting their regular work. However, while some of the complaints are found to be genuine, often many are out of panic, miscommunication or because of time-gap between seeding and actual registration.

In some instances errors were found in spellings of Aadhaar registration which resulted in failure of seeding by banks; and in others, anxious customers had seeded Aadhaar in multiple bank accounts, which resulted in delay in subsidy crediting.

Banking sources sought a better integrated approach between the bankers and the local gas agencies to iron out such irritants.

The south Goa Collector has convened another review meeting in the first week of October to iron out hassles regarding DBTL, sources in the south Goa Collectorate said.

  • North Goa DBTL link to bank accounts has reached 61 p. c. according to banks

  • South Goa seeding of Aadhaar to bank accounts is currently at 31 p. c. as per banks