As many as 66,858 out of 1,51,059 Griha Aadhaar beneficiaries were given cash benefits through Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) till January 31, 2018, in Goa, according to Economic Survey tabled in the state assembly recently.
The survey said Goa was the foremost state in implementing Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) since 2012 for disbursing cash benefits for all beneficiary oriented schemes implemented by the government through the Electronics Clearance Service (ECS) mode.
On an average, more than 80 per cent of the beneficiaries of DBT schemes had their Aadhaar seeded in the database maintained by the implementing departments. However, these needed to be verified /authenticated for which all implementing departments having 10,000 or more beneficiaries have to become Sub Aadhaar Authentication Agencies.
The state NIC is the Nodal Agency for lending technical support for DBT. Training programmes have been conducted for the DBT implementing departments on the way forward to adopt the Aadhaar Payment Bridge for disbursal of cash and in kind benefits to beneficiaries.