Setting a new record, the state government has disbursed Rs 2.75 lakh crore through direct benefit transfer (DBT) under various welfare schemes in the last four and half years.
Making the above claims here on Sunday evening, a government spokesman said that direct benefit transfer (DBT), which means a direct transfer of money to the beneficiary's bank account, was a revolutionary step towards transparent governance.
The UP government, on Saturday, had credited Rs 1,980 crore in the bank accounts of parents of 1.80 crore students of the state for purchasing school uniforms, sweaters, bags, shoes and socks, he claimed.
The success of the direct benefits transfer (DBT) is indisputable. Earlier, in the name of subsidy, loot used to take place in the country and the state, but now the Yogi Adityanath government has ended it through DBT, the official asserted.
In the last budget session of the UP assembly, Governor Anandiben Patel, while referring to DBT, had said that in the financial year 2020-21, the Yogi government sent more than Rs 56,000 crore directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries through direct benefits transfer. In this process, middlemen were eliminated and payments became transparent, she added.
The spokesman claimed that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has always paid importance to sending funds to the accounts of beneficiaries through the DBT scheme launched by Narendra Modi government at the Centre immediately after assuming office.
“Not only this, on his initiative, 137 schemes of 27 departments were onboarded in the state and an amount of Rs 2.75 lakh crore was sent to the accounts of the beneficiaries of these schemes through DBT,” he added.
While the DBT scheme was curbing corruption in the state, it was proving to be a boon for farmers, labourers, daily wagers, students and pensioners, the spokesman said.
He said the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme had helped the government in taking a quick effective response during the unexpected COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and money was sent directly to the accounts of lakhs of farmers, NREGA workers, labourers from other states, women, old people, divyangs, and pensioners. He said the Jan Dhan accounts opened on the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi became helpful in this.
According to the spokesman, immediately after coming to power, the UP government waived loans of 86 lakh small-marginal farmers in the state worth Rs 36,000 crore and the amount was transferred through DBT.
Apart from payment of minimum support price, the Yogi government has paid more than Rs 1.45 lakh crore through DBT in the accounts of sugarcane farmers. Under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, so far Rs 27,521 crore has been sent to the accounts of more than 2.54 crore farmers through DBT.
The UP government has also set new dimensions of transparency in the procurement of government departments by making record purchases on the GeM portal. For the third time in the financial year 2020-21, UP ranks number one in the highest government procurement through the GeM portal. Uttar Pradesh has made purchases worth Rs 5,471 crore. In the last four and a half years, the UP government has made a total purchase of more than Rs 14,878 crores through the GeM portal.