Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi urging to include landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme.
Through the letter, Patnaik has welcomed the announcement of PM-KISAN scheme for augmenting the income of farmers by providing income support with 100 per cent funding by the Government of India.
Patnaik also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that Odisha has approved the Package for Farmers’ Welfare — Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) to further accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the state in December 2018.
“The KALIA scheme is progressive and inclusive. It covers 92% of the cultivators, sharecroppers (actual cultivators) and landless agricultural labourers in the State. KALIA scheme recognises that livestock and fishery based activities are key drivers of economic Growth in rural areas particularly for landless households as the income from wage labour alone is insufficient,” Patnaik wrote in his letter.
The KALIA scheme also provides for financial assistance to agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or the livelihood activities due to various reasons. The scheme has already been rolled out from January 2019 and has created huge interest and response amongst the farming community of the State. It shall be our endeavour to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme so that no one who is eligible is left out., the Chief Minister pointed out.
“In order to make the PM-KISAN scheme more inclusive, I would strongly request you to kindly consider the inclusion of landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme,” Patnaik further wrote in the letter.