Website to start from August; Maha to become first state to have such a site
Mumbai: The State government is going to start a website for direct benefit transfer (DBT). Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to have such a website. This website will be called ‘Aaple Sarkar benefit and services portal’.
The government has various schemes for benefit of citizens’ of the State. These scheme, including 13 schemes of Social Justice and Special Assistance department, five schemes of School Education department, 14 schemes of Higher and Technical Education department, one scheme from Minority Development Department and seven schemes from Tribal Development Department, will be on the website and the beneficiaries can apply for scholarships and other benefits through it.
To avail of the benefits of these 40 schemes, a student or beneficiary must have an Aadhaar card. The DBT website will be launched in the first week of August.
The Finance Department decided to start linking various scholarship schemes to DBT at a meeting with officials from various department. A senior officer from the Finance Department said that joint secretaries and assistant officers of these five departments will be trained on how to process online forms for availing scholarships.
“There will be audio-visual training material uploaded on the website for the officers of the concerned departments,” said the official.
“The admission process for current academic period would be completed by July. A scholarship scheme for students of minority communities pursuing higher and professional education is run by the department and will be available to those minority students who can provide an Aadhar card number along with an application through the DBT website,” said another official from the Minority Department.