Bhubaneswar: Bringing cheers to the farming community in Odisha, the State government today transferred nearly Rs 700 crore to the bank accounts of over 34 lakh farmers under its flagship Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke on the occasion of the ‘Utkal Dibasa’ and announced Rs 693.94 crore has been disbursed to over 34 lakh farmers under the KALIA scheme for Rabi crop season.
“From today, the new financial year also kick-starts. After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Gopabandhu, I begin the new fiscal with the welfare measures for farmers,” said the Chief Minister.
He stated the KALIA scheme will benefit 17 lakh landless poor as well.
“KALIA scheme is the only scheme in the entire country which also helps landless poor along with farmers,” the CM said.
Demanding a hike in MSP to one-and-half-time of production cost, the Chief Minister said his government’s fight will continue to ensure implementation of the recommendation of the MS Swaminathan Committee. “The MSP hike is not anyone’s charity, but is a right of farmers. We are with the farmers always,” he said.
Among others, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra, Agriculture Production Commissioner Rajkumar Sharma, 5T Secretary VK Pandian and senior officials were present in the meeting.