23 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday sought inclusion of landless labourers, share cropper and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Odisha CM mentioned that these categories of agricultural workers are at the bottom of the agriculture economy pyramid and they deserve special care and attention.
Rural prosperity and reduction in poverty cannot be achieved without adequate focus on these weaker sections of the populace, said Patnaik, while mentioning how the landless labourers, share cropper and vulnerable agricultural households along with small and marginal farmers are covered under KALIA ( Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme of State Government.
The Odisha CM wrote to Modi stating, "You would kindly appreciate that with its limited resources, the State Government is comprehensively covering all agricultural households with a higher scale of assistance. In this context, I would earnestly request you to kindly consider enhancing the scale of assistance to at least Rs 10,000 per annum per family and also include landless agricultural labourer, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN scheme."
Patnaik highlighted how under the KALIA scheme Odisha Government is providing assistance for income augmentation and livelihood support for all categories of the agricultural households. So far, about 30.40 lakh agricultural households have been provided cash assistance of Rs 5,000 including about 3.10 lakh landless households and 58 thousand share croppers.
Patnaik further mentioned about the annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 envisaged for every small and marginal farmer in two instalments of Rs 5,000 each during Kharif and Rabi season as support for cultivation. Apart from this, provision of Rs 12,500 financial assistance to landless agricultural households for taking up livelihood support activities was also highlighted by the Chief Minister.
Financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to vulnerable agricultural households including landless labourers, life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of Rs 2 to all cultivators as well as landless agriculture households. Further, interest free crop loans upto Rs 50,000 and scholarships for the children of farm families covered under the KALIA scheme and bearing the higher study expenditure of the children admitted in professional and technical nurses in the Government institutions are other salient features of the KALIA Scheme mentioned by Patnaik.