The Direct Benefit Scheme was first launched in 2013. The scheme was effective from 1st January, 2013 under the leadership of former Prime Minister of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It is important to note that this is simply not a slip of tongue but a well thought use of words for capturing vote base. This can be verified as the PMO handle tweeted the growth of amount transferred under GST showing data from 2013-14 onwards.
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