By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 26: Assam is ahead in terms of providing direct benefits to its citizens in some major areas. In case of PAHAL (Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG subsidy) the achievement is more than 92 per cent which is above the tiol average in case of MNREGA and NSAP, the performance is almost 100 per cent.
Discussing various issues involved in the DBT, under the Chairmanship of State Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, in presence of the Secretary DBT Cabinet Secretariat and Joint Secretary GOI DBT and Senior State Government officials of the departments concerned here it has been decided that the State Government shall immediately constitute a DBT cell in the Fince Department for further reforms and initiatives of the Government of India in modernizing the delivery process.
DBT Joint Secretary Peeyush Kumar, with his presentation on the DBT loaded with illustrative examples of the areas where DBT platform could be used and enlightened the officers present in the meeting. He stressed achieving the basic objective of the DBT i.e. to reach the people by way of electronic transfer of benefits minimizing the levels involved in benefit flow in a time-bound manner.
The Secretary, DBT, while addressing the meeting stated that the DBT Mission of Government of India is always ready to help the State governments by providing technical support. In his concluding comments, the State Chief Secretary wished that the results of the meeting will drive home the actual thought of the mission to all the officers present and the State will be able to create its own DBT platform very soon.
The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is a system under which the government uses modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for delivery of various services to citizens.