DBT helped save ~90,000 crore, says min­is­ter

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTNATION -

The gov­ern­ment has saved about ~90,000 crore through use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to roll out di­rect ben­e­fit trans­fer to tar­geted ben­e­fi­cia­ries of gov­ern­ment schemes, tele­com min­is­ter Manoj Sinha said on Satur­day. Use of tech­nol­ogy and di­rect ben­e­fit trans­fer helped check leak­ages through iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and elim­i­na­tion of bo­gus ben­e­fi­cia­ries, who were re­ceiv­ing gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits with­out be­ing el­i­gi­ble for it, the min­is­ter said. “We ex­pect that the sav­ing will grow fur­ther,” Sinha said at the func­tion in New Delhi. Sinha, who is also the ju­nior min­is­ter for Rail­ways, said the BharatNet pro­gramme has taken gov­ern­ment ser­vices to ru­ral ar­eas.

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