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LG accords expenditure sanction of Rs 3.94 cr towards grant of festival items

Puducherry: Lt.Governor Kiran Bedi on Friday accorded expenditure sanction of Rs.3.94 crore towards grant of festival items to about 1.75 lakh BPL ration card holders for Pongal, through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) method.

According to a Raj Nivas release here on Saturday, the Civil Supplies Department will release the cash equivalent to Rs 200 directly into the bank account of each BPL ration card holder.

Earlier on December 4, 2020, Dr Bedi had accorded approval for an expenditure sanction of Rs.54 crore in lieu of free rice for three months under the UT run scheme of free distribution of food grains.

About 1.75 lakh BPL families will get Rs 2,200 directly into their bank accounts and 1.50 lakh APL families will get Rs.1000 each into their bank account.

The Civil Supplies Department had already released Rs 2,200 to each of the BPL families and there was a delay in releasing the fund into the bank account of APL families as the department is in the process of eliminating Income Tax Payees ,GST assesses and central government employees from getting the benefit.

The Lt.Governor has now directed the Chief Secretary to coordinate with the concerned authorities and establishments of Central government and obtain the required details and update the APL families within eight weeks.

In the meantime, she has also directed the Civil Supplies Department to immediately release Rs.1000 each into the account of APL card holders as per the available data to avoid any further delay.

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