The Centre today rejected the view of the Election Commission of India that it had violated the Model Code of Conduct in Gujarat by announcing the cash-transfer scheme.
Of the 51 districts, where the cash-transfer schemes will be implemented to Aadhar account holders, four of them are in Gujarat.
The Election Commission already notified Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth seeking a reply on the issue by today evening, failing which the Commission warned of strict action.
However, the government in its defence had said earlier that the first reference to direct cash transfer was made on 6 March 2012 by then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget speech.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh mentioned about the direct cash transfer scheme on 20 September this year, much before the poll dates for Gujarat were announced.
Gujarat votes on 13 and 17 December. The counting is scheduled on 20 December.