NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Aadhaar Card would not be mandatory but a bank account would be sufficient to avail the benefits under the recently launched Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
He had said that under the DBTL, the LPG consumers joining this scheme get all domestic LPG cylinders (subsidised as well as non- subsidised cylinder) at market price and subsidy amount as applicable for each domestic subsidised cylinder is transferred to their bank account.
The scheme will be launched from 1st January, 2015 and for first 3 months (till 31st March 2015) customers will continue to receive the cylinders at subsidized price. However, for those who have already linked their AADHAAR Number or Bank account, the subsidy will be credited to their bank account as and when they buy LPG cylinders (at market price).
From 1st April 2015, the cylinders will be available only at market price for all customers. But for customers who have not linked their AADHAAR or bank account, the subsidy amount will be parked and will be released in case they link the AADHAAR/Bank account before 30th June 2015.
All LPG consumers have a grace period of three months from the date of launch of DBTL in the district, during which all those who have not yet joined the scheme would continue to get subsidised cylinders as per their entitlement.
After the end of grace period, an additional parking period of three months is given to such consumers during which the subsidy entitlement will be parked and will be transferred to consumer’s bank account on joining the scheme during this period.
Currently customers with AADHAAR cards can approach distributors and banks for linking their AADHAAR number. In case of bank account, the same can be linked with LPG distributors.
OMCs (Oil Marketing Companies) have to set up stand alone “PAHAL Feeding Centers” to help customers.