Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo today informed that Rs 2552.64 crore was disbursed to 51,05,290 farmers under KALIA scheme out of which 45,965 are ineligible beneficiaries.
In a written response to the question raised by Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati in the State Assembly, the Odisha Agriculture minister informed that in the first instalment, 51,05,290 beneficiaries (36,34,710 small & marginal farmers and 14,70,580 landless) were enrolled in the KALIA scheme, the block-wise and district-wise list is available in KALIA web portal (kalia.co.in). The Rs 5000 cash assistance was deposited in their accounts between January 2019 and May 2019.
As per government records, 45,965 persons have been identified ineligible and the cash benefits extended by government amounts to Rs 22,98,25,000 (22.98 cr). Steps are being taken to recover the money from them, said Minister Arun Sahoo.
The Agriculture Minister further added that the district-wise and block-wise list of actual beneficiaries is being prepared and the final list will be published online after completion.