The previous UPA government had conceptualized and rolled out the programmer to pay LPG subsidy directly into bank accounts of domestic users from September 1, 2013. However, the Direct Benefit Transfer on LPG (DBTL), which faced some teething troubles that were later sorted out by the NDA government, was relaunched under a new name PAHAL in 54 districts from November 15, 2014, and all over the country from January 1, 2015.

The PAHAL scheme has been acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest cash transfer programme (household) with 12.57 crore households receiving cash transfer as of June 30," an official statement said here.

As on December 3, 2015, 14.62 crore LPG consumers have joined the PAHAL scheme and are receiving the subsidy directly into their bank accounts. Under the scheme, LPG throughout the country is being sold at a market price. However, domestic users get a cash subsidy to keep their payout on the fuel at the old rate of Rs 417 per 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi.

This scheme has enabled substantive savings in subsidy on supply of LPG consumers to households. As on April 1, 2015, there were 18.19 crore registered LPG consumers and 14.85 crore active consumers, a gap of 3.34 crore consumers which are duplicate/fake/inactive accounts that have been blocked under PAHAL scheme," the statement said.

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