Pradhan Mantri LPG Subsidy PAHAL Yojana (DBTL)
The first phase of the scheme was launched in 54 districts of India on a trial basis and ran successfully. Now, the scheme is executed and functional throughout the country. The full form of PAHAL Yojana is Pratyaksh Hanstantarit Scheme and concerns the LPG customers.
The ambitious PAHAL scheme was launched by the previous congress government in 2013; however, it could not be implemented. The objectives of the previous scheme were more or less the same. The current government at the center has just taken note of the limitations of the scheme and launched it in a better way.
It initiated the gas subsidy scheme in 54 districts in the first phase, thereby benefiting more than 2.5 crore households of the country. The previous PAHAL scheme made it mandatory for the LPG user to have an Aadhar Card, which was a problem for most of the households. However, the new modification in the scheme offers subsidy both with Aadhar card and without Aadhar card.
How can users receive LPG subsidy?
The new PAHAL scheme makes every consumer eligible for a subsidy. The subsidy is now directly transferred to the consumer’s saving bank account under two options. Cash Transfer Complaint is the functional process under which all the consumers of LPG would avail the benefits from PAHAL scheme. The subsidy that a consumer gets under the scheme would be directly transferred to the customer’s bank account.
Option 1 for receiving LPG subsidy
With Aadhar Number: the first option of receiving subsidy is through Aadhar number. These Aadhar numbers are linked to the bank account as well as to the LPG connection and the subsidy after delivery of the gas is directly transferred to the bank account.
Option 2 for receiving LPG subsidy
Without Aadhar Number: even if a consumer does not have Aadhar number, he/she can receive the LPG subsidy in their saving bank account. This happens in following two ways:
- In the first option, the LPG distributor asks for all relevant details of the consumer like bank account number, IFSC and account holder’s name along with their contact details and physical address. This information is saved in the LPG provider’s database.
- In the second option, the bank can also get all of the above mentioned details of the consumer and save it in their database along with their respective 17 digit LPG consumer number. This helps banks release the LPG subsidy to the consumers account.
The above two options are known as primary and secondary options respectively. As a matter of practice the primary option of giving all the details to the LPG distributor is deemed to be a better option and recommended for everyone. However, if someone is not able to do it with their LPG distributor, they can opt to provide these details to their bank as well.
The Benefits of PAHAL Scheme
The PAHAL scheme offers multi faceted benefits to all the parties involved in the deliverance of LPG. A detail of the benefits goes like the following:
Benefit to LPG Consumers
The PAHAL scheme is aimed at directly benefitting the LPG consumers or in other words the citizens of India. The subsidy amount is nothing else but the difference between the prices of LPG at market rates and the subsidized rate at which the customer would be getting the LPG cylinder.
However, the subsidy would only be given to consumers after they have joined the PAHAL scheme and submitted necessary details with either the distributor or the bank where they hold the saving account. The subsidy amount is directly transferred to the consumer’s bank account after the cylinder is delivered to the consumer’s house.
Benefit to the Government
The government through PAHAL scheme would be benefited in a way that this system would curtail the level of unauthorized sales that happen in LPG cylinders delivery. Also, this would put to a stop of multiple purchases of gas cylinders. Above all, the burden of subsidy on government would be reduced to a significant level.
Benefit to the Oil Marketing Companies
The PAHAL scheme would benefit the Oil Marketing companies as well. Due to this scheme being into effect, the oil companies would not have to worry about the intermediaries. This way, they can ensure that they are in direct contact with their customers and have the complete details of their consumers. This would in turn build a great customer relationship. Moreover, this would put a check on the unauthorized distribution along with multiple connections under the same name.
The benefit of Permanent Advance under PAHAL Scheme
This would be fixed for the entire financial year. This amount would be with the consumer till the time he/she carries the gas connection actively.
Things to remember under PAHAL Scheme
- To sum it up, following is a list of points that you should remember pertaining to PAHAL Scheme
- The consumer should have an active bank account to avail benefit under the scheme
- Bank account is need under the scheme since the subsidy amount has to go in the bank account of the consumer every time they purchase an LPG cylinder.
To sum it up, PAHAL scheme is an excellent initiative of the Central Government to standardize the LPG distribution in the country, which was earlier a challenge for both the government as well as the oil marketing companies.