Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on direct benefit transfer in Jharkhand

The Government of India started a major reform initiative to ensure better and timely delivery of benefits from Government to the people through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) since there was a critical requirement for sustained and determined action to remove leakages and enhancing financial inclusion in the process of delivering benefits like wage payments, fuel subsidies, food grain subsidies, etc. Considering the criticality of achieving its intended objectives and relative impact of DBT in social security pension scheme and scholarship schemes, the Performance Audit of Direct Benefit Transfer in Jharkhand (2017-21), was conducted during November 2021 to May 2022. The objectives for carrying out the Performance Audit of selected social security pension schemes and scholarship schemes under DBT (cash only) were to ascertain planning and process in place to capture data of the beneficiaries; necessary process re-engineering done for implementation of DBT so as to minimise the intermediary levels, delay in payments to intended beneficiaries and pilferage and duplication and adequacy and effectiveness of the infrastructure, organisation and management of DBT.