11 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the PM-KISAN scheme more inclusive with the inclusion of landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households.
Odisha's package for farmers' welfare - KALIA covers 92 percent of the cultivators, share croppers and landless agriculture labourers in the State. It recognises that livestock and fishery-based activities are key drivers of economic growth in rural areas particularly for landless households as income from wage labour alone is insufficient, Naveen stated.
It (KALIA) also provides financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or the livelihood activities due to various reasons," the Chief Minister said.
"The scheme has already been rolled out in the month of January 2019 and created huge interest and response amongst the farming community of the State. It shall be our endeavour to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme, so that no one who is eligible is left out," he added in the letter.