Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, GOI
The Digital India initiative aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledgeable economy. It also intends to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically. PaHaL (Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh), the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG Subsidy is an initiative by Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas. Under PaHal, LPG cylinders are sold at market rates and entitled consumers get the subsidy directly into their bank accounts, which are done either through an Aadhaar linkage or a bank account linkage. PaHaL aims to reduce diversion and eliminate duplicate or bogus LPG connections. The scheme has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records. It is the largest cash transfer program (households) with 12.57 crore households receiving cash transfer as of 30th June, 2015. Latest by 03rd Dec, 2015, 14.62 crore LPG consumers have joined the PAHAL scheme and are receiving the subsidy directly into their Bank Accounts.