25 January 2019
Puri: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today formally initiated his Government’s pioneering “KALIA” (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and income Augmentation) Scheme here at the State level farmers’ convention following which the assured assistance was given away to 12.45 lakh beneficiaries via DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) in the first phase.
Even though the scheme was already launched by the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat in December 21 last year, today he initiated the Phase-I DBT to over 12 lakh beneficiaries across Odisha from the farmers’ rally venue organized at Malatipatpur here on the outskirts of this pilgrim city.
The CM also announced that farmers will get their entitlement under KALIA scheme twice in a year- once on Akshaya Tritiya for Kharif season and on Nuakhai for Rabi season.
As per the provisions of the scheme, “KALIA” is inclusive as it covers more than 50 lakh farmer families including sharecroppers and landless families. The scheme is transparent as the assured assistance is made through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the bank accounts of the bona fide beneficiaries. The scheme is also committed to long term action over three years for each Rabi and Kharif cropping seasons.