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Over 2 Lakh Ineligible KALIA Beneficiaries Detected Till Date In Odisha, Scrutiny Underway

22 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: While the scrutiny process of Odisha Government is underway till the end of this month for excluding ineligible beneficiaries and also including the left-out eligible beneficiaries, 2,66,000 have been detected ineligible out of the scrutinized 36,88,000 beneficiaries till date.

This was informed today by the Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister here at the Krushi Bhawan after a high level review of KALIA Yojana, the State Government’s flagship scheme.

Briefing media, Odisha Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Sahoo informed, “Over 51 lakh beneficiaries have been extended assistance under the KALIA Yojana till now. When this mega scheme has a target to provide assistance to 75 lakh beneficiaries, it has now been found that some ineligible beneficiaries have availed the scheme. Hence, we executed the exclusion criteria.”

He further informed, “Basing on the exclusion criteria, nodal officers were appointed at the Gram Panchayat (GP), Block and District levels for verifications. Earlier the deadline was August 14. Later on, it was extended till August 27. Till August 14, scrutiny was done of 13 lakh beneficiaries. Till date, 72% scrutiny has been over. It means, scrutiny has been done of 36,88,000 beneficiaries. Out of this, 2,66,000 beneficiaries have been detected ineligible.”

“Today we took an important decision. The GP level nodal officers have been directed that not a single eligible beneficiary should be deprived of the benefit during scrutiny. If one has been left out despite being eligible, they is every possibility of including those left-out eligible beneficiaries,” stated the Minister, assuring, “Utmost care and steps are being taken to ensure that no a single ineligible beneficiary should be in the list and reap the benefit. Direction has been issued to undertake strict verification.”

On being queried about the refund provision in case of an ineligible beneficiary already benefitted, the Minister replied, “Our present verification process will continue till August 31. Government will take the future course of action after the final verification data is received.”

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Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister, A&FE, Odisha