Hemant to launch petrol subsidy scheme on R-day. Know how to apply

Ranchi: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren will launch petrol subsidy scheme for ration card holders on Republic Day from Dumka, considered as state’s second capital. On Wednesday, Soren chaired state cabinet approved the plan and allocated close to Rs 100 crore for the current fiscal year for rollout of this scheme, under which state will provide Rs 25 subsidy on each litre of petrol for ration card holders. The government has fixed a cap of Rs 250 subsidy or up to Rs 10 litre a month per applicant.

Soren also launched CM Supports App and a portal titled — today as a prelude to the mega launch for eligible beneficiaries to pre-register themselves.

As per the press statement issued by the government, only those enrolled under the national food security scheme or under the state scheme and having legitimate ration cards will be entitled for the scheme. As per the figures, there are around 63 lakh ration card holders in the state. Also, the applicant must have a valid license, two-wheeler registered in the state, bank account linked with Aadhaar card, ration card must be seeded with UID.

All the subsidy will be directed transferred to the bank account after validation of each applicant by the respective district transport officer. For enrolment, one needs to punch in their Aadhaar number and ration card number by logging on to the website or App. Thereafter, they will get an OTP after which they can sign-in using their last eight digits of their ration card as the password.

State food and civil supplies department minister Rameshwar Oraon, who is also the finance minister said that Jharkhand will be  the first state to launch such an ambitious scheme for the benefit of the poor at a time when the fuel prices have sky-rocketed due to poor management by the union government. As many as 51 proposals were passed by the cabinet today.

Meanwhile, opposition BJP has dubbed the scheme as an eyewash citing gruesome procedures for becoming eligible for the scheme claiming that people battling poverty won’t have access to smart phones or knowhow to undergo such lengthy criteria for application.