Farmers to get second phase ‘KALIA’ financial assistance on Utkala Dibasa

Dhenkanal: The Odisha Government will provide second phase financial assistance under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme on April 1 (Utkala Dibasa), announced Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

Addressing a farmers convention in Dhenkanal, the CM said the KALIA scheme has shown path to the rest of the country for the welfare of farmers. Attention is being paid to ensure non-exclusion of eligible farmers in the scheme, he said.

Under the KALIA scheme, financial assistance of Rs 25,000 per farm family over five seasons will be provided to small and marginal farmers so that farmers can purchase inputs like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and use assistance towards labour and other investments. This scheme is implemented from current Rabi Season 2018-19 onwards.

KALIA scheme brings under its umbrella 92% of cultivators of the state and almost all needy landless cultivators, who can avail the benefits of this scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer Mode.

The Chief Minister today also inaugurated/laid foundation stones for 103 projects worth Rs 953 crore in Dhenkanal district and 36 projects worth Rs 1129 crore in Angul district.

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