Ministry of Finance in a statement released on Sunday informed that more than Rs 36,659 crore has been transferred by using Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through Public Financial Management System (PFMS) in the Bank accounts of 16.01 crore beneficiaries during COVID 2019 lockdown.
The following are the details of cash benefits transferred by using PFMS for making DBT payments during COVID 19 period (24th March 2020 till 17thApril 2020).
- During COVID 19Lockdown i.e 24th March 2020 till 17thApril 2020 ; the DBT payments under all the Central Sector/Centrally Sponsored Schemes through PFMS amounted to Rs. 27,442.08 crore in the accounts of 11,42,02,592 beneficiaries through schemes like PM KISAN, Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), National Social Assistance Program(NSAP), Prime Minster’sMatruVandanaYojana (PMMVY), National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), National Health Mission (NHM), Scholarship Schemes of various ministries through National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
- Apart from above mentioned schemes, payments were also made under the PM GaribKalyanYojana,Rs 500 was credited in the women account holder of Jan- Dhan accounts. Till 13th April 2020 the total number of women beneficiaries were 19.86 crore, which resulted in disrbursement of Rs 9,930 crore (as per data of Department of Financial Services).
- During COVID 19 period, many State Governments like UP, Bihar, MP, Tripura, Maharashtra, J&K, AP and others have used DBT to transfer cash in the bank accounts. Through 180 welfare schemes, the State Governments using PFMS have disbursed to 4,59,03,908 beneficiaries, an amount of Rs. 9,217.22 crore between 24th March 2020 till 17th April 2020.