The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies but has given two months grace period for citizens to get the unique identification number.

Government currently gives 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates per household in a year. The subsidy on every cylinder is transferred in advance directly into bank accounts of individuals, who then buy the cooking fuel at market rates.

“Individual desirous of availing LPG subsidies are hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication,” an Oil Ministry order said.

For those not yet having Aadhaar, it gave time till November 30, 2016 to make application for enrolment for the unique identification number. Oil marketing companies have been asked to faciliate enrolments.

Till the time Aadhaar is assigned, LPG subsidy would be transferred based on bank photo passbook and Aadhaar enrolment ID slip or his voter ID card or ration card or kisan photo passbook or passport of driver license along with copy of request for Aadhaar enrolment.

Also, an undertaking in a set format has to be given that the individual is not availing LPG subsidy under some other consumer number of an oil marketing company, the order said.

“This notification shall take effect immediately in all states except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir,” the order said.

The Ministry said use of Aadhaar as identifier for delivery of services/benefits/subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, bring in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly to them.

“Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity,” it said, adding the provisions of the Aadhaar Act and Regulations under the Act came into effect from September 14, 2016. As LPG subsidy is an expenditure incurred from Consolidated Fund of India, the Ministry said it is notifying use of Aadhaar as mandatory requirement for availing of the benefit.

Source: TNT

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced its new international roaming (IR) packs. The new international roaming packs will offer bundles of data, free India calling minutes, free messages, and free incoming calls. Airtel’s new international packs will come with options of one day and 30 days validity.

The company will also announce 10 days pack by mid-October. One of the highlight features of the new international packs is it can be activated through the Airtel website, myAirtel app as well as customer contact centres. Airtel prepaid and postpaid customers can activate the new international roaming packs at any time and pay only when actually used. The packs are available for US and Canada, Singapore, UK, and the UAE.

In all the regions, the one day international pack will cost Rs. 649 (also being referred to as a $10 pack). Unfortunately, the company has not announced rates for the 10-day pack as of now. Though, Airtel has said that it plans to launch the 10-day pack at around $45 (roughly Rs. 3,000).

Airtel’s 30-day international pack for the US, the UK, and Canada costs Rs. 4,999, and offers 3GB data alongside unlimited incoming calls. It also offers 400 minutes of ‘free’ calls to India and unlimited texts to India. Consumers will have to pay Rs. 3 per MB post pack data charge while all calls to India and within local destinations will be charged at Rs. 3 per minute post the ‘free’ minutes. The one-day international pack for the US, the UK, and Canada will offer 300MB data alongside unlimited incoming calls and 100 minutes of India calling, and unlimited texts to India. The 30-day pack for Singapore is priced at Rs. 2,499 while the one-day pack comes at Rs. 499. Airtel’s 30-day international pack for UAE is priced at Rs. 3,999.

Commenting on the new international roaming plans, Ajai Puri, Director – Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said, “The new roaming packs are in line with our commitment to provide our customers a seamless international roaming experience and great value. The number of Indians traveling overseas for leisure and business is growing rapidly and our new IR packs ensure that customers get no bill shocks and have the convenience of always keeping their phones switched on, wherever they are.”

Source: TNT

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