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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The Prime Minister will head a National Committee to coordinate action for the introduction of direct cash transfers to individuals under various Government schemes and programmes.

The committee will have 11 Cabinet Ministers, two Ministers of State with independent charge, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, the Chairman UIDAI and the Cabinet Secretary as members.

The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister will be the convener. The Prime Minister may invite any other minister, officer or expert to any meeting of the Committee.

The Cabinet approved constitution of the National Committee. It also provided setting up of an Executive Committee to assist the National Committee.

The Executive Committee chaired by the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister and the Secretaries of the concerned Ministries and the DG UIDAI. The Secretary Planning Commission will be the convenor.

The National Committee would also determine broad policy objectives and strategies for direct cash transfers.

It will identify Government programmes and schemes for which direct cash transfers to individuals can be adopted and suggest the extent and scope of direct cash transfers in each case.

It will coordinate the activities of various Ministries, Departments or Agencies involved in enabling direct cash transfers and ensure coordinated action to ensure speedy rollout of direct cash transfers across the country.

It will specify timelines for the rollout of direct cash transfers and review the progress of implementation.

shishir.Sinha@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on October 25, 2012)
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