1.04 lakh ineligible KALIA beneficiaries in state: Minister Arun Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo said that 1.04 lakh ineligible beneficiaries have been identified under KALIA scheme in the state.

Replying to a query of BJD MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik in the Assembly on Wednesday, Sahu said the government has identified 56,14,707 eligible beneficiaries so far under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.

The Minister, replying to another question of BJD MLA Prafulla Samal, said 36.50 lakh small and marginal farmers and families of 17.04 lakh landless agriculture labourers have become beneficiaries under the scheme.

The entitled farmers who are yet to be included under the scheme can apply through the website with required documents, Sahoo added.

He said the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has earmarked a financial assistance of Rs 1,272 cr under KALIA scheme to over 53 lakh farmers of the state.

Rs 2,000 which was credited to their bank accounts directly. The Odisha government has launched KALIA scheme in 2019 to support small, marginal and landless farmers covering nearly 92 per cent of the state’s cultivators and all landless farmers.

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