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Through DBT, govt removed middlemen and saved Rs 57,000 cr: Prasad

Scores of schemes like MGNREGA have been linked to DBT, under which the receivables are transferred directly to the beneficiary's bank accounts, he said

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference on the achievements of the Ministry during 3 years of NDA Government, in New Delhi

The saved Rs 57,000 crore, "pocketed" earlier by middlemen, through the use of (DBT) in various public schemes, IT Minister said today.

Scores of like MGNREGA have been linked to DBT, under which the receivables are transferred directly to the beneficiary's accounts, he said.

"We have saved 57,000 crore, which used to be pocketed by (earlier)," he said at the Summit.

The had informed that there were over 33 crore under 84 which have been linked to the DBT at the end of February 2017.

Prasad further said that there is a proposal to link with driving licences as well as to ensure that multiple licences are not issued in case anyone seeks to do so.

Referring to the debate on security of data, he said the biometric information -- which includes iris scan and fingerprints -- is stored in an encrypted form and is very secure.

"If you look at the physical card, it has my photo, says I am a male and has my permanent Patna address at the back. It does not have details like names of my parents, caste, religion, educational qualification, financial income or health records. None of the things by which you can be profiled are mentioned on the card," he said.

He added that "Aadhaar is a identity" which confirms the physical identity with the help of and there are laws in place to check against unauthorised usage of Aadhaar.

Prasad, along with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, unveiled a slew of initiatives around IT, startups and

To boost the startup ecosystem in Gurugram, the state and IT industry body Nasscom have set up a startup warehouse.

The eighty-four seater unit also has a mobile application development incubation centre within the warehouse. It has already received more than 350 applications from startups for facility.

Besides, the state government also launched Centre for (Internet of Things), Centre for and (CIE), and incubation centres.

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 18:22 IST