Business Standard

3,000 state government schemes under DBT soon

- ARUP ROYCHOUDHU­RY

After bringing a number of central government schemes under direct benefit transfer (DBT), the Narendra Modi administra­tion has instructed states to ensure that they pass their own DBT laws and create their own portals to bring their schemes under the DBT umbrella.

The headline numbers are these: Some 3,500 central and state government schemes and programmes, with a total outlay of ~6 lakh crore, are expected to be brought under the DBT mission. Of these, 3,000 schemes and programmes are expected to be from the states, while 500 are central schemes.

The deadline for bringing those 500 central schemes under DBT is December. There is no fixed deadline for the states to bring schemes under their own DBT portals, though government officials told

Business Standard the exercise could be completed by 2019. Of ~6 lakh crore, ~3 lakh crore is for central schemes, and the rest for states’ schemes.

“There was a high-level review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June. We have decided that all states will develop state DBT portals. Then, the states will either bring a state DBT Act or an executive order under the Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act,” said a senior official.

“As on date, already 23 states have developed their portals. Around 520 state schemes have identified for DBT. But, this is just one month. So going forward, I think add at least 100 on an average per state,” the official said.

Officials said five states had already passed their own versions of the state Aadhaar/DBT Act, and were expected to start announcing schemes that would be brought under DBT from the next Budget. These five states are Maharashtr­a, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

Sources said the exercise was expected to be massive, with around 3,500 independen­t IT applicatio­ns (one for each scheme) running and data being aggregated. By March-end, all states are expected to be ready with their portals. They have been told to use the Public Financial Management System to transfer money to beneficiar­ies directly into their accounts for state-funded schemes.

The official quoted above said except for West Bengal, all other states were on board. While West Bengal has agreed to route its schemes through DBT, it is holding out on creating its own DBT portal.

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Five states had already passed their versions of the state Aadhaar/DBT Act, and were expected to start announcing schemes that would be brought under DBT, officials said

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