The government has launched a scheme called ‘PAHAL’ (Direct Benefit transfer of LPG, DBTL) where consumers will have to pay the full amount for cylinders at the time of buying and the cash equivalent to the difference between the current subsidised rate and the market price will be transferred directly into their bank accounts.
The PAHAL DBTL ambitious scheme was earlier launched on June 1, 2013 by the previous Government with the objective of giving cash subsidy on cooking gas and it covered 291 districts. The present government has comprehensively examined the PAHAL scheme and after reviewing the problems faced by the consumers, it modified the prior scheme and re-launched it in 54 districts on November 15, 2014 to cover 2.5 crore households. The second phase of this revised scheme started on January 1, 2015 to cover all the districts of the country. Under the previous scheme, it was mandatory to have the Aadhar number for all consumers who want to receive the LPG subsidy. However, this was a big problem for consumers who did not have the Aadhar card, which meant that they could not avail the subsidy.
The new scheme has made available the LPG subsidy to all consumers. Under the modified scheme, the consumers who use LPG can now receive subsidy in his bank account under two options. Such a consumer who joins the scheme will be called Cash Transfer Compliant (CTC) and he can receive subsidy in the bank account.
While the first option is known as the primary option, the second option is referred as the secondary option. In fact, the primary option of having an Aadhar number is the best option to avail the subsidy and hence recommended to all.
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