22 February 2019
Bargarh: Gracing the ‘Chasi Mahasamavesh’ (mega convention of farmers) here today amid the State-wide ‘bandh’ call given by the Nabanirman Krushak Sanghathan (NKS), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik not only distributed Rs 700 crore assistance to 14 lakh more ‘KALIA’ beneficiary farmers, but also averred that no one can check or block the progress of this scheme.
In his address, the Chief Minister said, “Today 14 lakh farmers get Rs 700 crore assistance under KALIA Yojana. You all know about KALIA Yojana. It is for the farmer fraternity and a historic step for the development of farmers. Our KALIA Yojana has shown path to the entire country. Small farmers, sharecroppers, landless farmers and farm labourers are being benefitted and thus over 16 lakh farmers have already been benefitted. 14 lakh more farmers will also reap the benefit today.”
He further stated, “I’m watchful so that not a single eligible farmer will be deprived of KALIA Yojana benefits. Our KALIA Scholarship Yojana is for the benefits of the children of the farmers. So, properly educate your children. Make them doctors, engineers and scientists. The State Government will bear the whole expenses.”
Lashing out at Centre’s PM-KISAN Yojana, the Odisha Chief Minister said, “Do you know about the Central Government’s KISAN Yojana? There is no benefit for the small farmers, landless farmers and sharecroppers in this Yojana. Hence, I have demanded before the Prime Minister to include all these farmers. Instead of Rs 6,000, provide Rs 10,000. Give the farmer the legitimate right.”
He explained, “Odisha Government is lending loan to the farmers at zero interest. Also the brigades of Mission Shakti women are entitled to interest-free loan. All of you should tap the opportunity. Our motto is the empowerment of farmers, women and the youth mass. Their empowerment is the identity of Odisha.”
“Some people have given bandh call, but no one can ‘bandh’ (check or block) KALIA," Naveen warned.