DBT helped govt take quick effective response during lockdown last year | DBT schemes were effective in providing fast help to the poor during ‘lockdown’, yet many flaws remain: Report


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DBT schemes were effective in providing fast help to the poor during ‘lockdown’, yet many flaws remain: Report

New Delhi. India’s Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) program has helped the government to take quick effective measures during the unprecedented ‘lockdown’ imposed in 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the broad scope of the scheme, some loopholes remain. This has been said in a report.

Authors V Anantha Nageswaran, Lavish Bhandari and Sumita Kale, in a report titled ‘Direct Benefit Transfer: Status and Challenges Ahead’, further noted that India’s DBT program has been expanding since 2013. Nageswaran is a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.

The report said, “The ongoing DBT over the past few years resulted in prompt effective steps during the unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. DBT has helped a lot in reaching the benefits to the beneficiaries. Despite that there are some loopholes.” The report said that there is a need for a proper customer grievance redressal mechanism.

It needs to be coordinated at the level of Prime Minister’s Office and NITI Aayog. As per the report, in 2020-21, a total of 179.9 crore beneficiaries received assistance.

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