KALIA scheme beneficiaries to get PM-KISAN benefits

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Bhubaneswar: In a major development, the Odisha Government has decided to implement the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in the state.

Informing about the decision today, Principal Secretary to Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department, Saurabh Garg, said a list of around 12.45 lakh first-phase beneficiaries of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme will be sent to the Centre.

Remarkably, implementation of the PM-KISAN will ensure double benefits for farmers in the state who are already getting financial assistance under the KALIA scheme.

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, Rs 6,000 per annum will be provided to all small and marginal farmers across the country having cultivable holding of upto 2 hectare. However, unlike KALIA scheme, PM-KISAN does not cover the landless farmers.

The monetary assistance will be provided in three installments with effect from December 1, 2018. The first installment of Rs 2,000 will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of the farmers by March this year.

Notably, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare recently wrote to the Odisha Government seeking cooperation for effective implementation of the PM-KISAN scheme in the State.

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