Implementation of the LPG subsidy transfer to consumer bank accounts has not been progressing as smoothly as expected with some banks reporting problems with the software being used for integrating bank accounts with consumer details.
These glitches are surfacing even as the scheme is being sought to be extended to the entire Telangana. So far, the scheme has begun in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Adilabad districts.
While the Modified Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (MDBTL) for depositing subsidies in bank accounts in the three districts kicked off this November 15, starting January 1 next year, the scheme is being extended to the rest of Telangana’s seven districts.
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With the surfacing of issues relating to opening of bank accounts and seeding problems, the LPG consumers are being given a three-month grace period and another three months of ‘parking’ period to join the MDBTL. During the grace period, consumers will continue to get their LPG refills at the subsidized rate and during the parking period of three months, they will get the refills at non-subsidized rates. Consumers seeking to avail the subsidy accumulated during the parking period will have to have a bank account linked to their LPG connection details within this period failing which they will lose all rights to claim the subsidy.
The grace period for those who have not yet provided their bank account numbers to their LPG dealers ends on February 15, 2015 and the parking period ends on May 15. For the consumers of seven districts the grace period would be given till March 31 and parking period will be valid till June this year. Those who fail to provide bank details even after the parking period will no longer be entitled for any subsidy or transfer of subsidy amount.
But many consumers say that bankers were denying their request for linkage because of software problems in feeding and linking their accounts to the LPG numbers. The main reason, according to bankers, is their software is not accepting the 17 digit unique ID number provided for linkage by the authorities (for those who do not have Aadhaar card).
There are allegations that some private banks have been asking their customers either to come during non-peak hours or only on certain days to consider their request. Many consumers say they are not aware of the deadlines like grace period and parking period.
Interestingly, some consumers have provided the bank account details and got the linkage for getting LPG subsidy a few months ago. But their accounts were closed and became inoperative now, especially in private banks, as some of them failed to maintain minimum balance as per the banks’ rules.
“It has come to our notice about software problems and other issues in some banks which are being sorted out. The banks have been instructed to solve the software problems and resolve LPG consumers’ grievances and those of LPG dealers as well,”
For overseeing the implementation of the scheme, a state level committee was constituted by the government in November, 2014 with commissioner of civil supplies as chairman, chief rationing officer of Hyderabad, joint collectors of Ranga Reddy, state level coordinators of oil companies, district supply officers of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy as members.
The state government instructed the oil marketing companies and dealers to take up wide publicity with regard to MDBTL scheme by erecting banners and posters at banks and at LPG dealers’ offices.