Bhubaneswar: In what could be termed as a Nuakhai gift for the farmers of Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today announced financial assistance of Rs 2,000 for them under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
As per the announcement, around 41 lakh farmers of the state will receive Rs 2,000 each through DBT mode on Nuakhai.
A total of Rs 869 crore will be disbursed by the State Government in this regard.
The beneficiaries had received the last installment of KALIA scheme on Akshaya Tritiya, this year.
In March, the government had extended the scheme by three years. A proposal in this regard was approved at a meeting of the State Cabinet.
Through the KALIA scheme, the State Government aims to lend farmers with an all inclusive and flexible support system, ensuring accelerated agricultural prosperity.
- Small and Marginal Farmers are eligible to get benefit under support to cultivators for cultivation.
- Land less agricultural households are eligible to get livelihood support under the scheme.
- Vulnerable agricultural household covering vulnerable cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers are eligible to get financial assistance under the KALIA scheme. Vulnerable cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers include old age, disability, disease or any other reason. Out of the above three components viz., support to cultivators for cultivation, livelihood support for landless agricultural household and financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural household, one beneficiary will avail only one benefit as per the eligibility.