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16 March 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: As BJP has petitioned the Election Commission against the KALIA assistance alleging violation of model code of conduct, ruling BJD today knocked the doors of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) strongly protesting against BJP’s such a stand to stall the ongoing KALIA Yojana since the Kharif installment is slated to be distributed to the beneficiary farmers of Odisha from April 1.

Soon after apprising the CEO, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra told media, “Kalia Yojana is not a new scheme. It is an ongoing project of the State Government. Similarly, other such schemes are the social security allowance or pension to the beneficiaries. Thus, KALIA scheme need to be on flow.”

He fumed, “But, it is being noticed that BJP is trying to pressurize on the Election Commission to stall the process. The installments of KALIA Yojana have to be given to the farmers. 37 lakh farmers are being benefitted. Over Rs 1500 crore has already been given away. Next installment has been slated from April 1.”

He burst, “We protest such a stance of BJP aimed at infringing on the rights of the farmers. Today we have demanded before the Election Commission through the Chief Electoral Officer not to buckle under the pressure.”

He also stated, “Our demand is that the installment to be given away to the 20 lakh farmers from April 1 should be ensured. As it is an ongoing project, BJD strongly protest against the conspiracy to stall the process.”

“The Chief Electoral Officer has also assured us that there would be no such problem. We hope that 20 lakh farmers could get their Kharif installment of KALIA from April 1,” said the BJD spokesperson.

In her reactions, a woman farmer Samita Nayak said, “KALIA Yojana has been implemented by the State Government. BJP is trying to stall it. As it has been announced earlier and we the farmers have received our installment amount, the process of Kharif installment on April 1 is being checked by the BJP. We aren’t happy at such a stance. Our demand is that the ongoing project should continue for our benefits.”

BJD MP (Bolangir) Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo said, “KALIA Yojana is benefitting 92% farmers of Odisha by lending financial assistance of Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,500 every year for a span of three years. It’s an ongoing scheme. Today we had come to the CEO and urged him to allow the ongoing scheme so that 20 lakh more farmers could be benefitted. We’re optimistic that the Election Commission will give us permission as ongoing schemes, be it Central or State, are always allowed.”

“This election time of one-two months is a critical period and if the farmers needn’t be supported, their future will be infructuous. Hence, we’re very hopeful that the Chief Election Commissioner and the Election Commission will the grant the Government of Odisha permission to go ahead with this scheme as a part of the ongoing process which will greatly benefit 20 lakh farmers, small and marginal farmers of Odisha,” the BJD MP stated.

On the contrary, Odisha BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty reacted, “We have examined it. Had it benefitted the bona fide small and marginal farmers, there was no problem. It is sheer bribe for vote through DBT. This Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is violating the model code of conduct.”

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Samita Nayak, Woman Farmer, Odisha

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Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, BJD MP (Bolangir), Odisha

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Sameer Mohanty, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha