The implementation of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for food subsidy in UT will take some time as the matter is currently under the consideration of the Centre.
The union government in 2013 had selected Chandigarh, Puducherry and Daman & Diu to launch this scheme on a pilot basis, under which subsidies would have been transferred directly to the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) through their bank accounts.
However, before the implementation of this scheme, a team from the central government intends to seek people’s response on direct cash transfers instead of rations through fair price shops.
A senior official said that a team from the Ministry of Food and Supplies was conducting a survey in the city in regard to the same.
“The report will be submitted to the ministry for its consideration,” he added.
Officials feel that once this scheme is launched, issues such as the quality of goods supplied, storage problems and people having to wait in queues outside fair price shops will be eliminated.
At present, there are 57,000 beneficiaries under NFSA in Chandigarh.