CM to launch ‘KALIA’ scheme for farmers today

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will launch the Odisha Government’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme worth over Rs 10,000 crore, for the overall development of farmers in the state today.

The scheme will be launched via video conferencing at the State Secretariat in the afternoon, as per a schedule fixed earlier.

The scheme was announced on December 21 and given a tag line by Naveen himself as, ‘progressive and a direct attack on poverty’. Instead of following the loan waving policy of the newly elected Congress Governments of three states in the country, the Odisha CM opted for a new policy which covers almost 92 per cent of the cultivators in the state and all landless agricultural labourers.

Under the scheme, the Odisha Government will provide a financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per farmer family. It could be availed by the small and marginal farmers (around 30 lakh) for agricultural investment.

For landless farmers, the scheme would enable them to avail a unit cost of Rs 12,500 for goat rearing, poultry farming, duckery, bee keeping and mushroom cultivation.

The scheme is also having a life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of Rs 2 lakh for around 57 lakh cultivators and landless agricultural labourers in the state.

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