25 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Besides initiating funds to over 12 lakh bona fide farmers in the first phase KALIA scheme implementation today from Puri, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has simultaneously written letters to the farmers of the State and has assured that not a single genuine farmer will be deprived from reaping the benefits of ‘KALIA’ scheme.
“I’m always by your side during happy as well as sad moments. I’m with our brothers and sisters of the farming community. Not a single genuine farmer will remain left out from reaping the benefits of ‘KALIA’ scheme. I’m keeping a strict vigil on it. My happiness lies in your happiness,” he mentions.
“I am extremely happy that you are all included in KALIA scheme. Odisha Government has implemented it for your benefit as well as the development of agriculture. It is an ideal scheme for the farmers of entire country. It will act as a powerful weapon to solve the problems faced by our farmers and agricultural sector and also eradicate poverty,” he adds.
The Chief Minister further mentions, “All the farmers of the State will be benefited by KALIA scheme. Small farmers, sharecroppers and land labourers will reap the benefits. The assistance provided under the scheme has nothing to do with the quantity of land. You will be getting Rs 5000 assistance during Kharif and Rabi seasons. You will also get Rs 50,000 interest free crop loan. Rs 12,500 livelihood assistance will be provided to the land labourers who are unable to take up farm activities.”
“Poverty is no more the identity of Odisha. The State is ahead of others in the country to alleviate poverty. This has been corroborated by the report publish by Government of India,” he added.
“You will be happy to know that Odisha has improved a lot so far irrigation facility is concerned. We have been able to irrigate more and more agricultural land by means of mega life irrigation projects and others. In the last four years, we have expended Rs 30,000 crore on irrigation facility. Keeping our promise, we have been able to fulfill our target of irrigating 10 lakh hectares of land. Till date, 8 lakh hectares have already been provided with this facility,” he further mentions.
He has also mentioned that Odisha has come a long way from the ravages of 1999 Super Cyclone. In 2000, Odisha was dependent on other states for food grains. As a part of our commitment to make Odisha self-sufficient in food grain production, it got materialized since 2007. It was possible due to improvement in irrigation facilities, use of technology and easy farm loan facility. Due to the hard work of our farmers, other States are dependent on Odisha for food grains today.