Countdown begins for launch of DCTS in Mysore

One lakh bank accounts opened; verification of Aadhaar cards begin

Preparations are in full swing to implement direct cash transfer scheme (DCTS) in the district from January 2013.

Announcing this to media in the city on Friday, chief executive officer of Zilla Panchayat Dr Ajay Nagabushan, who also holds additional charge of deputy commissioner, said: “Over one lakh beneficiaries have opened their bank accounts from November 1, while the process to open the accounts of remaining 50,000 (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and 78,000 (social service schemes) is on.

The new accounts are being opened with the help of business correspondents of banks. According to banks, of the total 1,340 villages in the district, only 299 villages are identified with branches located in the vicinity of two km to five km from villages.”

Giving an account of the scheme, the officer said of the total 43 districts taken up in the nation, Mysore is among three districts in the state selected for launch from January 1, 2013.

The beneficiaries of 34 schemes of 14 departments will be covered under the scheme. The schemes are as follows: Janani Suraksha Yojane of health and family welfare department where pregnant women will be getting aid after delivery, national mean cum merit scholarship of social welfare department, pension for permanent disability and dependent and salary benefits under ESI scheme of labour department, stipend to children in special schools, mean cum merit scholarship scheme; post and pre-matric, disabled, minorities and SC (post and pre-matric) students, children of parents in unclean occupations (pourakarmikas), tribals and others.

The officer said according to an estimate given by the dedicated department, 2,176 deliveries are expected in the month of January, to be eligible for Janani Suraksha scheme.

The officer said, as a prelude to launching of the scheme, the departments concerned are verifying the genuineness of the beneficiaries with the help of Aadhaar numbers or EID (enrolment ID) numbers. The district has to its credit 95 per cent of enrolment and 40 per cent of cards distributed to the applicants.

The revenue department has launched the process of verification of beneficiaries under social security pension scheme at Mysore, Nanjangud and T Narsipura taluks. A total of 50 centres have been opened in each taluk with the officers on the job at one village each day.

The UID number will be linked with the available data and finger prints of beneficiaries is also obtained as an extended measure to check the bonafide party. A similar system will be extended to other taluks soon. Under NREGA, bill collectors and gram panchayat secretaries are going door to door in Mysore and Hunsur taluks.

Under Janani Suraksha scheme, of the 2,176 beneficiaries, only 917 have Aadhaar cards and of them 230 have bank accounts. To make it easy for those having no ac counts, the banks have ensured to open accounts in a maximum of two days.

The officer appealed to students to abide by the instructions of their headmasters and principals and submit photocopies of their Aadhaar cards and also open bank accounts.
Additional deputy commissioner Naga Nayak, Lead Bank manager M B Chinnappa and others were present.

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