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Extremely happy to know PAHAL scheme has set Guinness world record: PM of India

August 13, 2015
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On Thursday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi expressed happiness over PAHAL (Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh) scheme that has set the Guinness world record for the largest cash transfer programme.

The official account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took on Twitter.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted,

“Am extremely happy to know that PAHAL scheme has set the Guinness world record for the Largest Cash Transfer Programme. @GWR”

PAHAL, which covers more than 9.75 crore LPG consumers, is perhaps the world’s largest cash transfer program as compared to similar programs in other countries such as China, Mexico and Brazil.

Under PAHAL, LPG cylinders are sold at market rates and entitled consumers get the subsidy directly into their bank accounts. This is done either through an Aadhaar linkage or a bank account linkage. PaHaL aims to reduce diversion and eliminate duplicate or bogus LPG connections.

The success of the scheme is a result of an intensive Information Education Campaign comprising advertising through various means, direct reaching out to consumers, and dealer level campaigns.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has undertaken several innovative measures such as guardian officers for each district, deployment of technology by use of SMS, and a single window portal www.mylpg.in to enable consumers to join the scheme. This portal is an important step in bringing transparency and gives details of who is benefiting from subsidy.

Scheme details

Under PaHaL, consumers can receive LPG subsidies directly in their bank accounts. All consumers under the scheme, must have a bank account. An Aadhaar linked bank account is preferred, and any consumer who has an Aadhaar number must link it to their bank account number and LPG consumer number. Consumers who do not have an Aadhaar number, are permitted to receive subsidies in their bank accounts without linking an Aadhaar number.

This option was introduced in the modified scheme to prevent consumers from being denied subsidies due to the lack of an Aadhaar number. Consumers receiving subsidies without an Aadhaar number must either present their bank account details to their LPG distributor, who will record it in the LPG database, or must present their 17 digit LPG consumer ID to their bank.

Give It Up campaign

The PaHaL scheme was accompanied by a “Give It Up” campaign requesting people to voluntarily give up their LPG subsidy, if they could afford to do so. Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the rich to give up their subsidies in order to benefit the poor. Modi stated, “Give up voluntarily. If one crore people give up this gas cylinder subsidy … one crore poor families who burn firewood, which leads to deforestation, carbon emission (and) their children grow up in smoke … The cylinder (subsidy) you give up should reach to the house of that poor.”

As of 6 July 2015, 8,73,909 customers of Bharat Gas, HP Gas and Indane voluntarily gave up their LPG subsidies.

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