Pahal DBTL (Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG) scheme has been launched by the union government of India for LPG gas consumers. It was initially launched in 291 districts. This scheme was launched for the LPG gas consumers with the aim of providing LPG gas cylinders at a subsidy rate. The subsidy amount is directly received in the bank account of the consumer. Initially on launch it required the consumers to necessarily have an Aadhar number to avail the benefit of receiving LPG at subsidy rates.
But since many residents of India were not having the Aadhar number, the union government revised the scheme and re-launched the revised scheme on the 15th of November, 2014. Once a consumer (having an Aadhar number or not having an Aadhar number) joins the scheme and avails the benefit of receiving the subsidy in the bank account, they are known as CTC (Cash Transfer Complaint).
Under this revised scheme the consumers are given two options as mentioned below:-
Option1: This option is known as the Primary option. In this option, a consumer needs to compulsorily have an Aadhar number. This Aadhar number and the LPG consumer number needs to be linked to the bank account of the consumer. When the LPG is ordered the subsidy amount is transferred to the bank account with the help of the linked Aadhar Number of the consumer. The consumers need to submit form 2 to the distributors and form 1 to their bank.
Option2 This option is known as the secondary option. This is the main option that has been introduced in the revised scheme keeping in mind that the consumer who has not been issued an Aadhar Number is not denied subsidy benefits on LPG gas. In this option, the consumer need not necessarily have an Aadhar Number. The subsidy amount is received directly in the account of the consumer. The consumer needs to submit form 4 to the distributor OR submit form 3 to their bank. The form that is to be submitted should have the 17 digit LPG gas Identification number.
What the consumer needs to do to avail benefits in option 2 (Secondary Option)?
- Consumer needs to submit their personal bank account information i.e. the bank account number, name of the person who is the account holder, and IFSC code to the LPG distributors. This information will be captured in the LPG database.
- OR the consumer needs to submit the LPG consumer information (17 digit LPG consumer ID) to the bank where the consumer holds an account.
Now the consumers that have already registered themselves under the old scheme need not again re register their information with the LPG suppliers. Their subsidy will be received directly in their bank account with the help of the linked Aadhar number as mentioned in option one.
What is the price for the consumers (CTC) under the Pahal DBTL scheme?
When a consumer purchases a LPG under this scheme at district or domestic level the charges levied will be the same as per the district or domestic charges. Later the subsidised amount will be directly transferred to the bank account of the consumer. This subsidised amount will be as per the amount that has been suggested by the government.
There is one more facility known as the permanent advance that have been introduced in this scheme:-
When the consumer makes a first booking of the LPG gas after joining the scheme, the permanent advance (cash) is transferred to the bank before the LPG is delivered. This facility is provided so that the consumers have sufficient cash to pay for price of the first cylinder at market price. This is a one-time payment which may change from time to time but is fixed for one financial year.
Now this scheme is not mandatory on all consumers. If in case a consumer wants to voluntarily opt out of the scheme then the consumer needs to fill in a declaration form and submit it at the LPG outlet. This will help him to opt out of the Pahal DBTL scheme. This scheme has only been introduced for the benefit of LPG consumers. All the LPG companies are launching this scheme in many districts and it will soon be available throughout India.
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