‘Government Saved Rs
36,000 Crore Through Direct Cash Transfer’ Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated on 26 November that the government has saved Rs 36,000 crore by digitising economic activities in one year. These activities included payment of subsidies and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee wages through direct cash benefit facilities into the accounts of intended beneficiaries through Aadhaar.

"With e-commerce facilities being made available to rural folk, the government succeeded in transferring their wages for many of its social schemes to intended beneficiaries into their accounts which has amounted to a saving of Rs 36,000 crore in the last 12 months with leakages being plugged," the minister said while speaking at the 111th annual general meeting of PHD Chamber in New Delhi.

With inputs from IANS.

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