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DBT schemes benefited 41 mn people, saved govt Rs 650 bn: Amitabh Kant

Kant said the government has done away with around 1,200 old laws which were not relevant and it should also simplify processes for businesses by reducing the government forms to just a single page

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant

The (DBT) mechanism in various government schemes have helped the government save around Rs 650 billion (over $10 billion), NITI Aayog CEO said here on Saturday. "All government schemes should be linked to DBT, or else corruption cannot be eliminated.

Currently around 300 schemes are implemented through DBT, benefiting around 410 million people," Kanth said at the launch of the book "On the Trail of the Black", edited by and Talking about ease of doing business in the country, Kant said the government has done away with around 1,200 old laws which were not relevant and it should also simplify processes for businesses by reducing the government forms to just a single page. "No form should be more than that of one page, no rule should be more than that of two pages and no act should be longer than three pages," he added. who also heads the pointed out the drawback of the Prevention of Corruption Act. "The problem with the Prevention of Corruption, the amendment (for which) is still pending... is that it does not punish the malafied intentions adequately...but simultaneously does not also protect bonafide decision-makers," he said. "If you do not protect the bonafied decision-makers, the consequence will be complete risk aversion and people will not take (required) decisions," he added.

First Published: Sat, January 27 2018. 17:28 IST
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