Busy with Jan Dhan Yojana, banks give LPG DBT a short shrift

LPG consumers (domestic) are having a tough time getting their consumer numbers linked with their bank accounts, which is necessary to enrol themselves under the modified Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for LPG refill supply. Reason: The fast-approaching deadline for Jan Dhan Yojana.

Many of the nationalised banks are said to be not entertaining requests from their customers to link their LPG consumer number with bank accounts. This is because the banks are racing against time implementing Jan Dhan (opening minimum one bank account in a household). The banks have set a December 25 deadline for themselves to achieve the complete coverage in the State.

Oil marketing companies – IOC, HPC and BPC – have, on the other end, announced to implement the modified DBT across all districts in the State from January 1, 2015.

Under the scheme, the subsidy amount towards LPG refill will be directly credited to the consumers’ bank accounts. The consumers will be charged full amount for the refill at the time of delivery.

LPG consumers have to submit filled-in Form 3 along with their bank account details and a photocopy of Aadhaar card, if she/ he is willing to give it, to their respective bank. The consumers can also get it done at their local LPG distributors’ office by filling in Form 4.

But many of the LPG distributors are said to be insisting their consumers to get it done from the bank, official sources said.

“We have received several complaints from the consumers in this regard. Banks are said to be busy implementing Jan Dhan Yojana. So enrolment under the DBT has not pick up the pace on the expected lines. Oil marketing companies have written to the banks to take necessary measures to link bank accounts with LPG consumer numbers,” IOC Deputy General Manager (LPG) Dilip Rai said.

However, Syndicate Bank Chief Manager H K Suresh said banks were implementing both Jan Dhan and DBT simultaneously. Banks are linking the bank accounts on the spot. “Some banks might have discouraged people due to work pressure. We will take appropriate steps if any specific complaint is brought to our notice,” he added. Syndicate bank is the convener of State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC).

46 lakh accounts
Suresh said about 46 lakh new bank accounts had been opened so far in the State ever since the launch of Jan Dhan in August this year. The State currently has 1.65 crore bank accounts against 1.33 crore households, as per 2011 census data.

The SLBC has decided to achieve complete coverage under Jan Dhan by December 26, a month ahead of the deadline set by the Centre for implementing the programme.

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