The Government of Uttar Pradesh marked yet another achievement with record transactions of Rs 2.75 lakh crore through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under various welfare schemes in the last four and a half years.
DBT is considered a crucial element of transparent governance as under this system, the money is directly transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account through digital means.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Government of Uttar Pradesh, on November 6, disbursed as much as Rs 1980 crore in the bank accounts of parents of 1.80 crore students as an aid for purchasing school uniforms, sweaters, bags, shoes and socks.
In the latest budget session of the state assembly, Governor Anandiben Patel, while referring to DBT, had said that in 2020-21 fiscal, the UP government has sent more than Rs 56,000 crore directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries through DBT. With DBT in place, middlemen have been eliminated and payments have become transparent.
On the initiative of the CM, 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.
While the DBT scheme is curbing corruption in the state, it is proving to be a boon for farmers, labourers, daily wagers, students and pensioners. The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) programme has helped the government in taking a quick effective response during the unexpected COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. Money was sent directly to the accounts of lakhs of farmers, MNREGA workers, labourers from other states, women, old people, ‘divyangs’, and pensioners. The Jan Dhan accounts opened under the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi became helpful in disbursing the aid amount to the beneficiaries.
Apart from payment of minimum support price (MSP), the state government has paid over 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.
Record purchase on GeM portal
The UP government has 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 2020-21 fiscal, Uttar Pradesh ranked number one in the highest government procurement through the GeM portal. The state has made a purchase of Rs 5471 crore. In the last four and a half years, the UP government has made a total purchase of over Rs 14,878 crores through the GeM portal.