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Instructions Given To Banks Not To Deduct Any Amount From KALIA Fund: Odisha Agriculture Secretary

02 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: As instances are being reported from across the State that the banks are suo motu deducting at source from the KALIA fund credited into the accounts of the beneficiary farmers who have been owing previous loans, Odisha Government today made it clear that the banks could not do that as they have already been issued strict instructions.

Talking to media here at the State Secretariat today, Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Secretary Saurabh Garg said, “We have already had a meeting with the banks. They have been given strict instructions that banks will never deduct any charges from the farmers for their previous commitments.”

“The KALIA fund will be spent as per the will and wish of the beneficiary farmer. And banks have also agreed to cooperate with us,” he stated.

He further stated, “We reviewed the status of the KALIA scheme with the District Collectors. They were asked to expedite the process for the phase 2 list finalization. A detailed discussion was held today in this regard. The way we are progressing, we will be meeting our deadlines for the distribution of phase 2 funds under the KALIA scheme.”

He added, “The landless agricultural labourers and small and marginal farmers will be given away the funds. Work is underway as per our internal timeline and we will be proceeding ahead.”

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Dr Saurabh Garg, Secretary, Agriculture, Odisha