Odisha asks Petroleum Ministry to extend DBT deadline

Bhubaneswar: With a large number of people yet to get Aadhar card, Odisha government today urged the Ministry of Petroleum to extend the deadline for implementation of the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme for transfer of subsidy on LPG to the bank account of the consumers.

In a letter to Union Petroleum Secretary, state Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra requested the extension of deadline from January 31 to April 30 for seven districts in the first phase.

“The Chief Secretary has also requested the ministry to extend the deadline for three districts up to June 30 in the second phase,” Food and Supplies Secretary M S Padhee said.

Eight districts where Aadhar number has been made mandatory by the LPG distributors are Cuttack, Puri, Balangir, Khurdha, Bhadrak, Balasore, Sonepur and Sundargarh.

Meanwhile, in a setback to the enrolment process for Aadhar in Odisha, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has rejected enrolled data of about 30 lakh people from the state on different grounds. .

Though the Directorate of Census Operations had collected demographic and biometric date (photos, iris scan, fingerprints etc) of 2.41 crore people, the UIDAI found fault with the data of 29.29 lakh people and declined to generate their Aadhar cards.

Meanwhile, with the target to complete enrolment of the people by March this year, Permanent Enrolment Centers (PEC) in all the block offices of eight Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) districts will be opened by January 25.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by the Director, Census Operations Odisha, Bishnupada Sethi, held here.

The meeting was attended by Representatives of Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Officers of the Census Operations Odisha.

With the state government setting deadline of March 31, 2014 for the completion of enrolment, the meeting decided to adhere to the timeline and begin the process immediately, Sethi said.

ECIL will be providing Data Entry Operators (DEO) and kits in all the PECs, while infrastructure support for all the PECs in rural zones, will be provided by the Block Development Officers (BDO)s, Tahsildars and in towns by the Municipal Executive Officers.

ECIL will explore the possibility of adopting DBT method for data entry as well as NPR biometric on the spot.