LPG consumers decry delay in subsidy transfer

LPG consumers have accused the National Payment Corporation of India of failing to transfer subsidy amounts to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
LPG consumers decry delay in subsidy transfer
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LPG consumers have accused the National Payment Corporation of India of failing to transfer subsidy amounts to the beneficiaries' bank accounts. The consumers said after the Government of India introduced DBTL (Pahal Scheme) aimed at plugging pilferage, they were receiving the subsidy amounts, immediately after booking the cooking gas refill, directly into their bank accounts. "But now the transfer of the payments is delayed inordinately," the consumers said.

A group of Indane LPG consumers in Nowgam said their subsidy amounts have not been credited in their DBTL linked accounts.

"I have been purchasing gas on non-subsidized rates, but the amount of subsidy has been credited to my bank account," Muhammad Shafi, a consumer said.

Scores of LPG consumers informed on phone to Greater Kashmir that despite the oil marketing companies promising them immediate transfer of subsidy amount "sometimes it takes months together to get the amount."

A senior executive of OMC here said that oil companies are not responsible for transfer of back-end subsidies. "Our job is to submit consumer data and record purchase of gas," he said, adding that it is the responsibility of National Payments Corporation to transfer the subsidy amount.

Deputy Manager Sales, HPCL, ZubairBanday said the problem sometimes happens due to submission of wrong bank details. "But LPG consumers who have linked DBTL with Aadhar would not get delay in their transfers," he added.

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