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07 February 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: Budget presented in the Odisha Assembly today not only reflects that money has been taken from the Odisha Contingency Fund (OCF) for the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Scheme but surplus amount of various departments have been transferred to cater to the needs of farmers, said Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera.

"Farmers constitute over 70 per cent of the population out of which 92 per cent are small, marginal and landless farmers. The scheme (KALIA), which is not providing loan but financial aid to farmers, has been praised across the country. Implementation of the scheme has started and financial provision for it has been finalised," he added.

Addressing media persons after the budget session, Behera said, the present budget constitutes many esteemed projects for women, youth and students and the allocation has been done on basis of reality.

Earlier in the day, senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra had alleged that the budget presented by the State Government was not based on facts and the State Government is using it to gain political mileage for the upcoming elections. He opined that the Government is not talking about Odisha's development nor presenting facts for the same.

Similarly, BJP MLA Rabi Narayan Naik had raised doubt on the viability of the schemes. He had asserted the State Government is introducing new schemes everyday to save its political existence and questioned the source of funds for implementation of the schemes.

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Sashi Bhusan Behera, Finance Minister, Odisha

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Narasingha Mishra, Senior Congress Leader, Odisha

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Rabi Narayan Naik, BJP MLA, Odisha