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CM Launches KALIA Assistance To 3.50 Lakh Landless Odisha Farmers From Kendrapara In Phase-I

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15 February 2019


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Kendrapara: Under the ongoing pioneering scheme of KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and income Augmentation) in the State, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the distribution of financial assistance to the Phase-I beneficiaries of landless farmers from the district here.

Initiating his address at the Krushak Samavesh (farmers’ convention) here, the Chief Minister expressed his deep condolences to the bereft kin of CRPF jawans, who got martyred in a dastardly attack by the terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama yesterday and among whom are our two brave Odia jawans.

“Kendrapara is the ‘karmabhumi’ (workplace) of Biju Babu. Hence, I’ve got an emotional attachment for Kendrapara,” said the Chief Minister. He announced, “The financial assistance for the landless farmers under the KALIA Scheme hereby begins from Kendrapara. In the first phase, our 3.50 lakh farmers will get the assistance amount deposited in their accounts.”

The Odisha Chief Minister also in his speech on the occasion said that Odisha Government’s KALIA scheme is an ideal one and has shown path to the entire country.

He also said that he has repeatedly written to the Centre to make its recently-announced scheme for the farmers more inclusive by including the sharecroppers and landless labourers as has been evident in the KALIA scheme. It benefits all while the Central scheme lacks most of the inclusive components and even the assistance amount.

Notably, the Agriculture Principal Secretary of Odisha had on February 12 informed media that the landless agricultural labourers would be provided Rs 5,000 financial assistance on February 15 in the Phase I. They are entitled to Rs 12,500 livelihood support each across the State. The balance amount will be given away as per a time table prepared by the State Government.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha