New Delhi In a major boost to the Centre’s efforts to target subsidies to the neediest, 11 states have already signed up to the plan to transfer cash directly to the chosen beneficiaries to disburse kerosene subsidy.

The scheme aims to plug leakages in the public distribution system. The 2012-13 Budget had set aside a R100-crore incentive for states joining the scheme before March 31, 2013. This allocation has obviously worked.