The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to treat as representation, a petition seeking creation of an exceptional dealing mechanism in Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) welfare Schemes including cash transfer under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).
“We hereby direct the concerned respondent authorities to decide the representation of the petitioner in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policies applicable to the facts of the case,”
-said a division bench of the court presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said.
The petition filed by Aakash Goel through Advocates Mayank and Pradeep Aggarwal sought court’s direction to declare and prohibit the use of active Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) accounts as the sole criterion for identification of poor persons for DBT schemes including for Cash transfers under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana as being violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India for being arbitrary, discriminatory and exclusionary.
The plea also sought court’s directions to the Respondents (Finance Ministry, DBT Mission and RBI) to mandatorily create SOP for ‘exceptions dealing mechanism’ for Cash transfers under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana as well as for all future schemes/welfare measures to be disbursed through DBT for persons who are otherwise intended beneficiaries of the government scheme/measure but are not able to avail the same only for want of PMJDY account.
“The present Petition has been preferred by the Petitioner for the benefit of persons who are below poverty line, do not have sufficient means to sustain themselves but do not have Jan Dhan Account,”
-the plea said.
It further said that aforesaid class of persons has been illegally and unjustifiably discriminated against by the Respondents by berefting them of the benefits of Cash transfers Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.