The Guinness Book of World Records had acknowledged Union Government of India’s ambitious Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh (PAHAL) as the world’s largest cash transfer program (households).
In 2013, the PAHAL scheme was launched in 291 districts as Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG subsidy, under the aegis of Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Later it was modified and named as PAHAL in November 2014 and was then again launched in 54 districts. Finally it was extended nationwide on 1 January 2015.
- Under the scheme, subsidized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders are sold at market rates and consumers are entitled to receive LPG subsidy directly into their bank accounts. It is done either through bank account or Aadhaar linkage. Cash advance is transferred into the beneficiary account on first enrollment and another installment is given the moment another LPG refill is booked.
- Currently the scheme covers more than 9.75 crore LPG consumers across the country.
- The scheme aims at reducing eliminating duplication or bogus LPG connections and its diversion.
- It also seeks to meet substantive savings in LPG subsidy.