New Delhi: UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani discussed the proposed model on cash subsidy regime with the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Nilekani is heading a task force on direct transfer of subsidies for LPG, fertilizer and kerosene.

According to sources, the task force made a separate presentation on fertiliser, LPG and kerosene, covering issues like existing subsidy regime and the proposed new model.

Sources said the meeting had special invitees including Food Minister K V Thomas, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister M K Azhagiri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Jaipal Reddy and Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Last month, the government had constituted a task force to evolve a model of direct transfer of subsidies on kerosene, LPG and fertiliser.

It will also undertake the designing of appropriate IT systems and aligning them with the issuance of UID numbers, and bringing about changes in the administration and supply chain management.

In the Budget 2011-12, Mukherjee had announced that the government intends to move to direct transfer of subsidies on kerosene, LPG and fertiliser in phased manner.

The government has budgeted Rs 73,637 crore in subsidies for the three during the 2011-12 fiscal, that beings on Friday.

"To ensure greater cost efficiency and better delivery for both kerosene and fertiliser, the government will move toward direct transfer of cash subsidy for people below poverty line (BPL) in a phased manner," Mukherjee had said.

As regards fertilisers, the government provides subsidy to companies so that farm inputs, which include urea and imported fertilisers, can be provided to farmers at cheaper rates.

(Agencies)