Creation of State Direct Benefit Transfer Cell and Steering Committee

State Government has decided to develop a unified State Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Portal with assistance from National Informatics Centre (NIC), West Bengal to cover all DBT schemes managed by the State Government.

Government of West Bengal
Finance Department
Audit Branch
Nabanna, Howrah

No. 3586-F(Y) Dated- 31.08.2022

NOTIFICATION

Subject: Creation of State DBT Cell and Steering Committee for Management of Beneficiary Schemes being implemented by the State Government through development of a Unified State DBT Portal

Creation of a State DBT Cell

For better management of all Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) based beneficiary schemes being implemented by the Government of West Bengal, the Finance Department for some time past was considering development of a unified direct beneficiary portal. This will facilitate the citizen to avail services of all DBT Schemes from registration to disbursement from one single portal. Currently only a few pensions related DBT schemes are managed under the Jai Bangla portal.

Accordingly, the State Government has decided to develop a unified State DBT Portal with assistance from National Informatics Centre (NIC), West Bengal to cover all DBT schemes managed by the State Government.

A State Development Schemes- e Governance Cell (SDS -eGov) was constituted vide Finance Department order no 944-F(H) dated 27.02.2020 for online real time management, monitoring and control of various development schemes.

Considering the increasing coverage of the scope of work relating to development, management and monitoring of all DBT schemes managed by the State Government, the Governor is pleased to re-constitute the existing SDS-eGov Cell as the State DBT Cell under Finance Department.

The State DBT Cell will perform the following functions:

  1. Development and maintenance of a unified State DBT Portal for management and monitoring of all DBT schemes managed by the State Government.
  2. Overall coordination with NIC and State Government Departments with respect to on-boarding of Direct Benefit Transfer Schemes.
  3. Co-ordination with Bharat DBT Mission, Government of India for sharing of relevant DBT related data
  4. Integration with IFMS.
  5. Any other work as may be assigned to the Cell.

The existing SDS-eGov Cell will be reconstituted as the State DBT Cell with the following Officials:

  1. Dr. Sudip Kumar Sinha, IAS, Secretary, Finance Department
  2. Shri Amit Kumar Mondal, Special Secretary, Finance Department
  3. Shri Swarnadip Chanda, A.O. & E.O., Assistant Secretary, Finance Department
  4. Smt. Amrita Singh, OSD, Finance Department.

Creation of a Steering Committee

For development of the Unified State DBT Portal, the State Government has also decided to form a Steering Committee with members from the major departments which are implementing beneficiary schemes.

The Steering Committee will be constituted as under:

  1. Chief Secretary, West Bengal- Chairman
  2. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Finance Department -Member
  3. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Department- Member
  4. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Women and Child Development Department- Member
  5. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Tribal Development Department -Member
  6. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Fisheries Department, -Member
  7. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Backward Class Welfare Department, – Member
  8. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Micro Small and Medium Enterprise and Textiles Department, – Member
  9. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department, – Member.
  10. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Agriculture Department, – Member
  11. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs Department, – Member
  12. Additional Chief Secretary/ Principal Secretary/ Secretary, Information Technology & Electronics Department – Member
  13. DDG and State Informatics Officer, West Bengal State Centre, National Informatics Centre (NIC) – Member
  14. Secretary, Finance Department – Convener

The Steering Committee will supervise the creation and maintenance of the Unified State DBT Portal (Single Social Registry) and also provide necessary advisory for successful implementation of the beneficiary schemes. The Steering Committee will periodically review the status and progress of the development of the portal including accommodation of new beneficiary schemes in the portal.

Members from other Departments may be inducted as per decision of the Steering Committee. .

Data Sharing and Exchange Protocols:

As it is conceived that large amount of data will be stored and shared among different implementing departments with the central data base for implementation of the Unified State DBT Portal , to ensure security and safety aspect of the digital data, it has been decided that storage and sharing of data for the extant purpose shall be followed by the provisions as contained in the West Bengal State Public Transactional Data Sharing Guidelines, 2020 vide No. 587-Estt/ITE-20012/2/2020 dated 28.12.2020 as well as the West Bengal State Electronic Data Centre Storage Sharing and Electronic Data Retention Guidelines, 2020 issued under No. 588-Estt/ITE-20012/2/2020 dated 28.12.2020, issued by the Department of Information Technology and Electronics.

This will take immediate effect.

Dr. Manoj Pant
Additional Chief Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

No. 3586-F dated 31.08.2022, Source