KALIA Scheme: 18 lakh farmers to get funds in 2nd phase soon

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Bhubaneswar: Monetary assistance will be released to the eligible beneficiaries of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in the second phase very soon, said Finance and agriculture Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera.

About 18 lakh farmers will get monetary assistance under KALIA scheme in the second phase, Behera said today. Out of the total number, 13 lakhs are farmers and five lakhs are landless farmers, he added.

Although the date of release of funds to the beneficiaries is yet to be finalised, it will be done soon, the Minister said.

“KALIA is a wonderful scheme and all the people in the state are appreciating it. We are trying to address those issues which were faced during the release of funds in the first phase,” the Minister added.

In the first phase, Rs 5000 was released to the bank accounts of 12.45 lakh farmers through direct benefit transfer. The draft lists of eligible beneficiaries were put up at the gram panchayat offices.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the flagship scheme in order to accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in Odisha.

The progressive and inclusive farmers’ welfare programme aims to empower small, marginal farmers and landless and will cover 92% of the cultivators, loanee as well as non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers (actual cultivators) and landless agriculture labourers.

Recently, Rs 4,461 crore has been allocated for the KALIA Scheme in the interim budget presented in the Odisha Assembly.

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