DBTL: Pradhan now happy over rapid progress in short span

Bhubaneswar: Oil and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was unhappy over Odisha government’s efforts in implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme in the state just a fortnight ago, has however expressed satisfaction at the increased rate of registration under in the state under the scheme within this period.

“Though the pace of registration of DBTL in Odisha was not very encouraging barely 20 days ago, it has picked up and reached the level of national average by today,” Pradhan said here Monday.

“The ratio of registration of DBTL in Odisha is 30 per cent against the national average of 40 per cent. The ratio was only 12 per cent 20 days ago,” Pradhan told reporters after reviewing the progress of DBTL registration with the district collectors, oil marketing agencies, bank managers and others through video-conferencing.

Urging people to register their bank accounts with the DBTL scheme, Pradhan said consumers would not be entitled to gas subsidy if they fail to link their bank accounts with their concerned gas agencies within the stipulated time.

The deadline for the implementation of the DBTL scheme across India is March 31, 2015. According to sources, there are around 28 lakh subsidised LPG consumers in the state. Under the scheme, Rs 568 subsidy will be directly credited to the bank accounts of the consumers.

After a similar meeting on Dec 13 here, Pradhan had told mediapersons, “In the state, only 10-12% of subsidised gas consumers have been brought under the programme, which is not enough to meet the deadline.”

“To meet the deadline, Odisha has been given a target of inclusion of 2% consumers each day under the scheme,” he had added.