Bhubaneswar: A total of 18 lakh farmers from across the state will soon be provided monetary assistance under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in its second phase, said Odisha Finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera here on Saturday.
Speaking to media persons, Behera said, “A total of 18 lakh farmers will get monetary assistance under KALIA scheme in the second phase. Out of the total number, 13 lakhs are farmers and five lakhs are landless farmers.”
“After formal inauguration of the mega scheme by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Puri, money has been transferred to the farmers’ bank accounts through DBT system in first phase, he added.
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In the first phase, Rs 5000 was released to the bank accounts of 12.45 lakh farmers through direct benefit transfer.
The KALIA is a largest budgetary scheme of Odisha government aiming to empower small, marginal farmers and the landless farmers across the state.
The State government has allocated Rs 4,461 crore for the KALIA scheme in the vote-on-account or interim budget presented in the Odisha Assembly by the Finance Minister on Thursday.