DBT implementation helped the govt save Rs 1.41 trn in last 5 years: FM
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said in Lok Sabha that the government has taken a host of measures including imports to deal with the rising prices of onion.
She said that there are several structural issues related to storage of onions and the government is trying to addressed them,
The Minister was replying to the debate on the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants.
Prices of onions prices in many places have crossed Rs 100 per kg because of shortage.
Steps taken by the government to check rising prices of onion include ban on exports, imposition of stock limit, import and transfer of onion from surplus to deficit area.
She also said that due to implementation of direct benefit transfer scheme, the government has been able to save Rs 1.41 trillion in the last five years.
The government plugged all loopholes through DBT and “all dalals and middlemen have been eliminated from the system”, she said.
Lok Sabha later passed the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants allowing the government to spend an additional Rs 21,246.16 crore, including over Rs 8,820 crore in the newly formed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh in the current fiscal ending March 2020. ……… Read More
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