A modified direct benefit transfer scheme for LPG (DBTL) consumers, under which the subsidy will be given even to consumers who do not have the Aadhaar card, will be launched in the Tricity on January 1, 2015.
In order to become cash transfer compliant, LPG consumers who have an Aadhaar number have to provide the number to their LPG distributor and the bank on prescribed forms.
LPG consumers who had joined the scheme earlier by linking their Aadhaar number in the LPG and bank database do not have to do anything further. They can check their CTC status on http://www.mylpg.in.
Those consumers who do not have an Aadhaar number will have to give the bank details to the LPG distributor, or their 17-digit LPG ID to the bank, using prescribed forms.
After January 1, the consumers will be given a three-month grace period to complete the formalities, but they will continue to get cylinders at the market rate. If a consumer joins the scheme within this period, the subsidy according to the entitlement and consumption during this time will be transferred to his or her bank account.
Those who fail to join the scheme in three months will get LPG cylinders at the market rate.
Under DBTL, the consumers will be given a ‘permanent advance’ subsidy of Rs 435 as soon as they make the first booking of a cylinder. The advance will be given directly in the bank account before the delivery.
The advance ensures that LPG consumers have extra cash to pay for their first LPG cylinder at the market price. The permanent advance will be notified for the consumers now joining the scheme separately.
After the consumer takes delivery of the cylinder, another advance cash subsidy will be transferred to the bank account. The subsidy will be given for each supplied cylinder, subject to the consumer’s entitlement.