According to recent estimates, the country has over 18 crore LPG connections or more than seven connections for every ten residents. With this connectivity, you have a guarantee that even the most isolated locations have access to cylinders.
In response to these figures, oil companies have increased their services, intending to provide LPG cylinders to every residence. Despite these efforts, many homes still lack access to LPG cylinders and rely on traditional "Chulas" for cooking. Keeping this in mind, the Indian government created the PAHAL scheme to make LPG cylinders more readily available.
In India, you can have subsidized LPG, guaranteeing affordability. The average subsidy amount per cylinder runs between
Rs. 160 and Rs. 170, allowing individuals to save a significant sum each year. Given the large numbers involved, the government created the Pratyaksh Hanstantrit Labh Scheme (PAHAL), or PAHAL - Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) Scheme, to prevent exploitation of the subsidy funds. The scheme intends to give customers immediate advantages.
On November 15, 2014, PAHAL was inaugurated in 54 districts. On January 1, 2015, it was launched in the rest of India. LPG clients can get the subsidy amount straight into their Bank account under the system, removing the need for a third party.
The PAHAL (DBTL) plan has the following goals:
The primary goal of PAHAL was to ensure that LPG customers received their subsidy straight into their accounts, preventing any money from being wrongly transferred or used. It ensures that the money paid in Taxes is not wasted while also directly benefiting the consumers. The primary goal of attaching the Aadhar to this system was to validate data, create a complete database, and encourage digitization.
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The following are a few of the scheme's most important features:
The following are a few of the scheme's primary benefits:
Household LPG cylinders are sold to Cash Transfer Compliant (CTC) domestic LPG customers at a market-determined price under the PAHAL (DBTL) scheme (not including the subsidy). The following are the price components of this scheme:
For each delivered subsidized cylinder (up to the cap), the total cash of the LPG cylinder is sent to the CTC user according to their entitlement.
Non-CTC customers had a three-month grace period after the launch of the PAHAL (DBTL) scheme to get converted into CTC subscribers. During this time, non-CTC customers got their subsidized cylinder entitlement at the then-current subsidized retail selling price.
Non-CTC customers are given a further 3-month parking period after the 3-month grace period, during which they will get LPG cylinders at the market-determined price. The different OMCs shall hold back the total cash from the sale of LPG cylinders to non-CTC customers (as per their entitlement).
When LPG users become CTC customers during parking, the individual OMCs would send the entire sum (up to the cap) according to their entitlement to the bank accounts of the LPG consumers.
Every CTC customer who enrols in this scheme receives a one-time advance payment. The advance amount is announced regularly and is fixed for one year. The Cash Advance ensures that LPG clients have enough money to pay for their first LPG cylinder at market price.
The customer will hold the advance payment until the connection is terminated. The advance amount will be adjusted when the connection is closed.
Individuals get to register in one of two ways:
PAHAL DBTL Form 1, obtained from the gas distributor, or acquired from the internet.
PAHAL DBTL Form 2must be completed to link the Aadhar with the LPG connection.
Grievance redressal is also given proper focus in PAHAL DBTL Scheme, and there are various ways to register your issues, as follows:
1800-233-3555for any information, feedback, or complaint about PAHAL (DBTL)
PAHAL DBTL Form 6with their complaints/suggestions.
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PAHAL DBTL Scheme is another step of the Indian government towards the wide-scale development and enhancement of the lives of the residents. With this, people can access the gas subsidy easily without any exploitations. Spreading awareness about the scheme is essential to ensure a widespread benefit for the entire Indian crowd.