PAHAL (DBTL) Scheme
PAHAL scheme was launched on 01stJune 2013 by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and covered 291 districts. But since Aadhar number was mandatory in order to avail subsidy, consumers faced a hard time in getting enrolled as procedure to get Aadhar card was tedious in addition to the delay in delivery of Aadhar card.
However in Nov’14 the scheme was re-launched and under this, LPG consumers of Indane, HPCL, Bharat who have enrolled in the scheme under two phases as mentioned below can avail Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) without even having Aadhar number. Only condition is that the consumer must have bank account and LPG account on his/her name.
- Phase-I: PAHAL started on 15Nov2014 in select 54 districts and ended on 14Feb 2015
- Phase-II: Launched in remaining 622 districts on 01stJan 2015 and will end on 31stMarch 2015.
Parking Period: Those who couldn’t join PAHAL scheme before 31stMarch 2015 can still enroll before 30th June 2015. The period is called parking period. However until they join, LPG cylinders can be purchased ONLY at market rate and no subsidy would be transferred. Once they get enrolled, they will get permanent advance along with the due subsidised amount for the financial year. This parking period is actually because of government’s generosity. Check out benefits of PAHAL scheme in detail.
People from rural areas still do not have bank account and they face hard time to get enrolled in DBTL scheme. For such people, a very simple solution is to open zero balance savings account at free of cost under Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY). Procedure to open account under PMJDY is very simple and also offers various benefits to the account holders such as RuPay card, accident insurance and other.
- It is the world’s largest cash transfer scheme with over 9.75 crore consumers covered till Jan’15.
- As of now, over 5,500 Crore has been deposited into the bank account of consumers who have enrolled for this scheme.
- Although this scheme is for every Indian household, it’s main aim is to benefit people from poor section of the society. So people with higher income are welcome to opt out of this scheme. This way amount worth crores can be saved.