Naveen urges PM Modi to hike PM-KISAN assistance to Rs 10,000

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enhance the financial assistance under PM-KISAN scheme to Rs 10,000 per annum per family from Rs 6,000.

He also urged the PM to include landless agricultural labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the central scheme.

The Odisha CM wrote the letter to the PM on Saturday, a day before the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN).

Justifying the demand for inclusion of landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme, the CM said these categories of agricultural workers are at the bottom of the agriculture economy pyramid and they deserve special care and attention.

“Rural prosperity and reduction in poverty cannot be achieved without an adequate focus on these weaker sections of the populace,” he added.

Highlighting the state government’s flagship KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme, he said the State Government not only covered small and marginal farmers, but also landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the scheme.

“Under the KALIA scheme, we are providing assistance for income augmentation and livelihood support for all categories of the agricultural households. So far, about 30.40 lakh agricultural households have been provided cash assistance of Rs 5,000 including about 3.10 lakh landless households and 58,000 sharecroppers,” the CM said, adding, we are committed to assist all eligible beneficiaries under the progressive scheme of ours.

Under KALIA scheme annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 is envisaged for every small and marginal farmer in two instalments of Rs 5,000 each during Kharif and Rabi season as support for cultivation.

Apart from this, landless agricultural households will be provided financial assistance for taking up livelihood support activities with a unit cost of Rs 12,000. Financial assistance of Rs 10,000 will also be provided to vulnerable agricultural households including landless labourers who are unable to take up cultivation or any livelihood activity to take care of their sustenance.

Apart from this life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of Rs 2 lakh will be provided to all cultivators as well as landless agriculture households. Further, crop loans upto Rs 50,000 will be interest-free.

In addition, the State Government is also providing scholarships for the children of farm families covered under the KALIA scheme and shall be bearing the higher study expenditure of the children admitted in professional and technical nurses in the Government institutions.

“With its limited resources, the State Government is comprehensively covering all agricultural households with a higher scale of assistance,” the CM further stated.

“In this context, I would earnestly request you to kindly consider enhancing the scale of assistance to at least Rs 10,000 per annum per family and also include landless agricultural labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme,” he added.

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