DBTS is the 'largest experiment' not a 'magic wand': Jairam Ramesh

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Ending the long wait, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh finally launched the direct cash transfer scheme. Terming the development as the 'largest experiment' to reform a 'broken down delivery system', the minister remained modest while saying that the step was no magic wand and that the government is looking forward to work more on the front.

"It (Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme) is not a single 'jaadu ki chhadi' (magic wand). It is an experiment. The world's largest experiment in administrative reform. It has problems on the ground. It will have problems with banks, post offices and online connectivity. We have embarked on this. We will resolve these issues as we go along," said Jairam Ramesh while launching Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme (DBTS).

Showing trust in the developed reform, the minister added, "If we are successful (in implementing DBTS), we would have completely reformed the welfare delivery system."

Earlier, Ramesh launched the DBTS in East Godavari, which is one of the four districts in Andhra Pradesh where the scheme is being launched as part of the nationwide roll-out of DBTS in the first phase.

Story first published: Monday, January 7, 2013, 11:30 [IST]
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