Government will launch a national Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) portal that will act as an aggregator of all schemes by the end of this month, said cabinet secretary PK Sinha and urged states and all Central government departments to move towards a DBT platform at the earliest.
As of now, around 74 government schemes are under DBT with more than Rs.1.2 trillion disbursed to 30 crore beneficiaries.
The government estimates that the combined savings of the Central and state governments over the last two years has been more than Rs.36,500 crore on account of the DBT scheme.
Under DBT, the subsidy amount gets directly credited to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts, thereby plugging leakages, weeding out duplicate beneficiaries and bringing down service delivery costs.
Sinha promised states that the savings from DBT will be shared with the states.
“It will have a live MIS (Management Information System) that will be integrated with the DBT portal. It will track all transactions on a real time basis,” he said at a national workshop on DBT in New Delhi.
Many states and Central government departments have set up DBT cells to ensure a smooth transition.
Speaking at the workshop, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for information technology and law and justice, said the challenge is to ensure that every rupee disbursed by the Central government reaches the end beneficiary in its entirety. He also asked state-level bureaucrats to take the message of the benefits of DBT to their “political bosses”.
“We have missed out on the industrial revolution but we do not want to miss out on the digital revolution,” he said.