Following the directions of the National Committee on Direct Cash
Transfers chaired by the Prime Minister on 26th November, 2012, the
Executive Committee held a meeting for follow-up action On Direct Cash
Transfers. The Executive Committee, chaired by the Principal Secretary in the
PMO, discussed in detail the core objective of how Direct Cash Transfers of
benefits in the identified 34 schemes in the selected 43 districts (excluding,
till the end of the election process, 8 districts in Himachal Pradesh and
Gujarat), will be implemented as per the timelines finalized earlier by the
National Committee. (Details on: http://pmindia.gov.in/press-details.php?nodeid=1549 ).
1. After a detailed discussion
on the preparedness of each Ministry for rolling out Direct Cash Transfers for
the identified 34 schemes in the selected districts (excluding, districts in HP
and Gujarat upto the date 20.12.12), the
following decisions were taken:
A one-day meeting of the Collectors of the concerned districts (excluding Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh) will be held between 10-15
December 2012. Planning Commission will immediately finalise the dates for the
meeting and communicate it to all concerned.
Planning Commission will organize a video conference with Chief Secretaries/Finance Secretaries of the participating
States to assess preparedness for
commencing the rollout. All
Members of the Executive Committee will be informed and would be encouraged to
participate personally in the video conference.
At the field level,
for Ministries implementing schemes,
firming up and digitising databases, completing enrolment for Aadhaar by all
beneficiaries, ensuring bank accounts for all beneficiaries, ensuring that Aadhaar numbers are entered
into bank account databases and beneficiary databases will be the primary
activity in the coming few weeks. This has to be addressed on a war
footing. The best approach may be a Camp approach. Collectors will need to be
given clear instructions on how to do this when they come for the meeting next
week. Planning Commission will
coordinate the necessary preparations for this.
Standardised formats for the basic data to be collected for entry of
Aadhaar numbers and Bank account details will be finalised by D/o Financial
Services, in consultation with UIDAI, Banks and
implementing Ministries and sent to Planning Commission for circulation to all
concerned. This format will contain the minimum essential data that will be needed
for effecting Aadhaar-enabled Direct Cash Transfers. Departments may have
additional fields to meet the requirements of their schemes.
For Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Ministries will continue to transfer funds
through states as at present. For Central Sector schemes, the Direct Cash
Transfers will be directly to beneficiary from GoI Ministries.
Department of Expenditure will
work out, in consultation with DoFS, UIDAI, Planning Commission and other
implementing Ministries, the process for
fund flows and any changes that need to be made to current instructions on
Utilisation Certificates, etc. so that all
these meet government accounting and reporting requirements.
For schemes where
the beneficiary is a minor, there would
be a joint bank account, preferably with the mother. The Aadhaar of the
child would be used by the scheme for beneficiary identification purposes. The
mother's Aadhaar would be needed for operating the bank account. Ministries
would issue guidelines on these lines for their schemes. DoFS will issue
necessary instructions in this regard to banks.
implementing Ministries may consider visits
to a neighbouring district to familiarise themselves with ground realities
and the processes that will be needed for rollout to be effective.
Banks would also be authorised to be Registrars for Aadhaar numbers and will be enabled to enroll beneficiaries for Aaadhaar at the
locations where camps are to be held and otherwise as well.
Matters relating to
schemes of the Ministry of Rural
Development will be addressed in a separate meeting.
DIT will communicate the names of their Core Group to all departments and will also allocate specific Ministries to each
Core Group member.
The Technology Committee will look into all
matters relating to standards for all technical equipment that are required
needed to rollout Direct Cash Transfers and issue necessary guidelines on this.
Financial Services, UIDAI, and individual Ministries will have to ensure availability of hardware for
enabling Direct Cash Transfers.
Department of Financial Services will look into the issue of Service
Charges by banks on individual transactions, limits on
balances in no-frills accounts, definition of inoperative account and other
related matters impacting Direct Cash Transfers.
All implementing Ministries will launch publicity/
information/ instruction campaigns in the 43 districts immediately and in
the 8 districts of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat