State governmnent has received Centre's approval for giving cash subsidy in lieu of kerosene quota through public distribution network, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh has said.
The Direct Transfer of Cash Subsidy (DTCS) scheme proposes to transfer the subsidy component of kerosene price to the beneficiary's account enabling him to buy it in open market.
"The Central government gives a subsidy of Rs 32 per litre for kerosene. Under the scheme, the cash subsidy the beneficiary will get is directly linked to the quota he is entitled to as per norms. The amount will be directly deposited in his bank account," Deshmukh said.
The minister said the scheme will be initially implemented in six districts of Mumbai and Mumbai suburbs, Amravati, Nandurbar, Pune, Nashik and Pune.
Deshmukh said his department had made a presentation in this regard before the Central government and started the scheme on pilot basis in Nashik district. "We have ordered collectors from respective districts to ask beneficiaries to open bank accounts," he added.