The Government of India in on the reform mode. The much talked and discussed Cash Transfer Scheme (CTS) will be implemented from 1st January 2013 across the country. The CTS will come into force in 51 districts in the first phase and likely to be expanded in the phased manner. The entire country will be covered by 2014, as per the plans of the Central Government.
According to the guidelines of the scheme, all the subsidies will be given in the form of cash to the beneficiaries. The subsidies on gas, ration and fertilizers will be transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries in the form of cash.
Starting with 51 districts from 1st January 2013, the CTS will be expanded to 18 states and union territories by April 2013. The scheme will be implemented in the remaining districts by April 2014.
In Andhra Pradesh, Cash Transfer Scheme will be implemented in 30 ration shops initially. The shops will be in East Godavari and Hyderabad districts. The beneficiaries will get cash instead of kerosene in the first stage. The scheme will be extended to cooking gas and other good in the second phase.