The Centre is likely to bring more welfare schemes under the Direct Benefit Scheme through digital transfers to beneficiaries and this is to be announced in the next central budget, Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar today indicated.
Javadekar, in charge of Karnataka affairs of the BJP was in the city to participate in a series of programmes to mark the first year of demonetisation. He would also be having dialogue with party workers and legislators in preparation for the next assembly elections and also on carrying out the message of the BJP government to the people of the state.
Addressing the media he said digital transactions that were gaining ground every day had led to plugging of leakage of funds to the tune of Rs.64,000 crore.
He claimed not able to digest the popularity the Modi government had reaped following demonetisation to curb black money, the Congress was celebrating the day as black day. This only indicated the support the party provided to black money hoarders.
Javdekar claimed that after series of strict measures taken by the Modi government to fight against corruption, the flanks of poor, who were supporting Congress, are now shifting to BJP. He said that the BJP Government has plugged the routes to siphon off black money to designations such as Singapore, Cyprus and Mauritius through various bilateral agreements. "Now, this revised agreement has blocked this route of diversion. the re-negotiation of Tax Treaties and automatic information exchange agreements with many countries have also helped in sharing of Real Time Information for blocking black money movement."
He said that "the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) has also brought out thousands of Crores of rupees. Linking of PAN, AADHAR to transactions with limit of Rs 2 lakhs in cash has checked black money to an extent. Effective implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) has resulted in transparency in transfer of subsidies to the poor."
Javadekar said that the demonetisation has increased Digital Transactions (up by 50 per cent). Declining to set any deadline to take action against 37,000 shell companies unearthed, Javadekar said that "by November 2018 we will be revealing more and more news about benefits of demonetization and savings to the exchequer by fighting against corruption."
He said that the members of GST Council, which also includes Congress members, are giving their opinion openly and decision were taken at the meetings unilaterally. GST Council will be meeting at Guwahati on November 9 and 10 and decisions will be taken to benefit common man.