DBTL or Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG was introduced by M Veerappa Moily who was the then Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in order facilitate easy transfer of subsidies directly to the beneficiary’s account. This scheme was launched in 20 districts with high Aadhaar coverage. This is an offshoot of the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme. DBTL, also known as Pratyaksh Hanstantrit Labh (PAHAL) scheme will ensure that the subsidy for all LPG cylinders will be provided directly to the Aadhaar linked bank accounts of the customer. These customers will also receive an advance on their account as soon as they book the first subsidized gas cylinder. These subsidies are available for twelve cylinders per year.
Certain modified schemes also allow customers without Aadhaar cards to receive this subsidy. However, according to a recent government ruling, those families with an income of over Rs. 10 lakhs per year will not be eligible to receive gas subsidies.
Latest Updates on LPG Subsidy
Government increases subsidy prices for LPG by 60%
The government has increased subsidy amount for LPG used for cooking gas by 60% in the last two months to keep in line with the rising international LPG prices. Under the scheme introduced by the government, 12 subsidised cylinders of 14.2 kg each is distributed to each household. This is done by transferring the subsidy amount directly in the bank account of the beneficiary of the scheme. This subsidiary amount that is transferred by the government directly in the bank account has been increased by 60% to Rs.257.74 per cylinder. The subsidy for LPG was Rs.159.29 per cylinder in May and Rs.204.95 in June.
The tax to be paid in addition to the price of the LPG will remain same for both subsidised and non-subsidised LPGs. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be paid will always be calculated based on the international market price of LPG.
How will Customers Receive the LPG Subsidy?
Customers can receive the subsidy in their bank accounts through two methods. Once a customer joins the scheme, he/she will be known as Cash Transfer compliant or CTC. These options are -
- Aadhaar number will be the medium of transfer. This number will have to be linked to his/her bank account and to the provided LPG consumer number. Most of the times, customers are allowed to link their Aadhaar Number to any accounts online. Customer can visit the bank's website or visit www.lpg.in with their login credentials to do so.
- In case the customer does not have an Aadhaar number, then he/she can avail the subsidy directly to the bank account by either providing the bank account information to the LPG distributor or by providing the 17 digit LPG consumer ID to his/her bank.
- In case customers were cash transfer compliant prior to the introduction of the scheme, then they will not have to take any additional action to receive the subsidy. The second option is also not allowed for them.
In order to apply for this scheme, customers will have to fill in an application form and provide all the necessary details such as the 17 digit LPG ID, Aadhaar number, bank account details and so on. One can collect the form from their LPG distributor or log on to www.lpg.in with the login credentials to download the form online.
How Can Customers Check for the Status of their Enrollment Online?
Customers can check for the status of their DBTL scheme enrollment by following the steps provided below -
Bharat Gas Subsidy Status
- If customers procure Bharat Gas, then in order to check their enrollment status, they will have to visit the official website of Bharat Gas.
- They will then have to click on the tab titled ‘ My LPG’ and then click on the ‘Check PAHAL status’ tab.
- They will then have to provide details of their Aadhaar card number, 17 digit LPG ID and mobile number.
- They can also choose another option in case they do not have an Aadhaar number wherein they will need to provide details regarding their state, district, distributor and consumer number.
- Once they click the ‘proceed’ button, their status will be given.
HP Gas Subsidy Status
- If customers procure HP Gas then in order to check their status, they will have to visit the official HP gas website.
- They will then have to click on the link that says ‘Check PAHAL status’.
- Customers can find out their status through two options.
- In the first one, they will have to provide the name of the distributor, consumer number or Aadhaar number or their LPG ID and click proceed.
- In the second option, they will to provide details regarding their state, district, distributor and consumer number and click proceed post which the status will be displayed.
Indane Gas Subsidy Status
- For customers who purchase Indane gas, finding out their enrollment status is quite simple. They will have to visit the Indane website and click on the link that says ‘Check PAHAL status’.
- Customers can find out their status through two options.
- In the first one, they will have to provide the name of the distributor, LPG ID or Aadhaar number or their consumer number and click proceed.
- In the second option, they will to provide details regarding their district, state, distributor and consumer number and click proceed post which the status will be displayed.
The DBTL/PAHAL subsidy has become one of the biggest in the world and provides a subsidy to millions of Indian citizens. The above methods can be used to check for the DBTL enrollment status online.
LPG Subsidy Helpline
At times, when you have any question or doubt about the LPG subsidy scheme, you can call up on the DBTL Helpline number I.e 18003001947 . A common call centre has been set up by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. All the LPG customers of HP Gas, Indane and Bharat Gas can call up on this helpline number for resolving their queries.
What to Do If You Do Not Receive the LPG Subsidy in the Bank Account?
Several consumers of Bharat Gas, Indane and HP Gas have this question. The DBTL PAHAL ensures that the LPG customers get the subsidy credited directly to their bank accounts. In case you have applied successfully for the LPG subsidy but have not received it yet in your account, the following could be the possible reasons behind it:
- Cylinder delivered but the subsidy was not received – It takes two to three days for the subsidy to get credited to your account after the cylinder is delivered to your house. It is advisable to extend the wait period for 1 or 2 more days and then check the account.
- The transaction failed – It can happen that the transaction was initiated but it failed so the payment did not get credited. You need to visit the bank branch with your Aadhaar number to get a solution for this situation.
- Subsidy transferred but bank did not receive it – In this case, you must contact your bank’s branch.
- Cylinder booked but the subsidy advance not received – In general, it takes 2 to 3 days for the subsidy advance to get credited. However, it is advisable to you wait for a period of 4 days.