Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a Rajya Sabha statement on Thursday the government had decided to shift to Aadhaar-enabled direct benefit transfer of funds under 34 identified central sector and centrally sponsored schemes, in a phased manner.
“The scheme was not devised in a hurry. It will not be implemented in a hurry. Our watchword for the scheme is we will not hasten, will implement it slowly, step by step,” PTI reported him as saying.
The rollout will start with 43 districts from January 1. “The central ministries concerned have set up implementation committees on Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), which will operationalise transfers with due consultation with state governments and various stakeholders,” said the minister.
The schemes amenable to the transfers were stated to include post-matric and pre-matric scholarships for Scheduled Caste students; pre-matric scholarships for children of those engaged in unclean occupations; merit upgradation for SC students; the national overseas scholarship schemes for SCs; post-matric scholarships for OBCs; national overseas scholarships for OBCs; post-matric scholarships for economically backward class students and for students with disabilities; scholarships for top-class education for students with disabilities; and top-class education schemes and scholarships to universities and college students.
“It will lead to seamless transition,” Chidambaram said, according to a PTI report. “We believe that the new system, which we will introduce, will be more transparent. It will eliminate leakages, delays, duplicacies and falsification. Government firmly believes this will introduce a very high degree of efficiency and transparency.”
Other schemes on the list are fellowship schemes of the UGC and AICTE, subsidies on fees to students, national means-cum-merit scholarships, national schemes for incentives for the girl child for secondary education, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, and Maulana Azad National Fellowship. Also, the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana, Dhanalakshi Scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojana, scholarships to the children of beedi workers, housing subsidy to beedi workers, stipends to children in special schools under the child labour project, permanent disablement benefits, dependent’s benefits, sickness benefits by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation and pension withdrawals.