Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to keep the refund activities of KALIA financial assistance from ineligible beneficiaries in abeyance for the time being.
This was informed by the Directorate of Agriculture & Food Production.
The decision has been taken keeping in view the COVID-19 Pandemic situation.
In a letter written to the Chief District Agriculture Officers in this regard the Director of Agriculture & Food Production wrote, “In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation and the Kharif agricultural crop operations, it has been decided to keep the refund activities of KALIA assistance from the ineligible beneficiaries in abeyance for the present. Therefore, you are requested to inform the field extension functionaries accordingly.”
Out of 51 lakh beneficiaries, around 50,000 were found ineligible, Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department’s Principal Secretary Saurabh Garg had earlier informed.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the Kalia scheme, the state’s own’s farmer welfare scheme on December, 2018. It was promised during the launch of the scheme that financial assistance of Rs 10,000 would be provided to small and marginal farmers in two instalments for separate crops in a year.