Whiff of scam in soon-to-be-rolled out UPA’s game-changer cash transfer scheme

Whiff of scam in soon-to-be-rolled out UPA's game-changer cash transfer scheme
Government functionaries have raised the red flag about how cash would be finally disbursed to beneficiaries and whether the National Population Register would come into play in some states instead UID number to identify the end-users.
NEW DELHI: UPA-II’s flagship direct cash transfer scheme has run into rough weatherfollowing warnings of a potential scam in the making, and evoking concerns of serious delays.Government functionaries have raised the red flag about how cash would be finally disbursed to beneficiaries and whether the National Population Register (NPR) would come into play in some states instead of the Unique Identification (UID) number to identify the end-users.Senior functionaries in the government working on the scheme have warned that the Centrecould be staring at a potential scam if the scheme is hinged to the finance ministry’s department of financial services’ move to hand over monopoly contracts for distribution of money while taking a cue from the ‘one cluster, one bank correspondent company’ model.

The proposal is to divide the country into 20 clusters and have one firm each that acts as conduit for the final handing over the cash from banks to beneficiaries. But advisors have been cautioned that this could lead to monopoly control over UPA’s `game-changer’ scheme by certain companies, triggering scams. They have warned that the initial rollout of this model, where companies bid for much less than 2% fee for delivery of funds to beneficiaries, has already lent the whiff of a potential scam. For instance, the bids have been ridiculously low in some cases.

The rural development ministry and the UID Authority of India(UIDAI) have advocated against this approach but different government functionaries have made conflicting statements about a resolution to the row.

D K Mittal, secretary in the department of financial services ( ministry of finance), told TOI, “We will monitor the rollout and if any problems are noted they will be addressed immediately.”

He added that the department was geared to ensure that the banking correspondent model takes off in the 51 districts where the scheme is to be launched as a pilot. In these districts where the company is yet to take over the cluster, the banks have been asked to move in first, and the firm that gets the cluster through bidding would take over later, he explained.

Another concern that is plaguing the initiative is whether to trust NPR as a platform for timely electronic registration of the population in some states instead of UID. Government functionaries have warned that progress of NPR’s work is rather tardy in some states like UP, Bihar and Odisha. The volatile issue, which earlier too had attracted high-voltage sparks between UIDAIchief Nandan Nilekani and then home minister Chidambaram, has now been left to the PMO to resolve.

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2 Responses to Whiff of scam in soon-to-be-rolled out UPA’s game-changer cash transfer scheme

  1. vaidya kesavaiyer says:

    The scam monitoring agency should be headed by the present Delhi Police chief, treasury the DMK, Secretary Kalmadi of the National Conference

  2. doraiswamyganesh says:

    Sir, The Money ultimately will end up with the Italian Mafia ! Ganesh.

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