Naveen Keeps Poll Promise, Announces KALIA Money And Rs 1000 Crore For SHGs On The First Day of New Govt

Bhubaneswar:  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced the inclusion of 33 lakh additional farming families as beneficiaries under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.

The decision was taken at the first meeting of the new cabinet chaired Patnaik hours after his swearing-in ceremony. The BJD supremo had earlier promised to increase the number of beneficiaries immediately after the formation of the BJD government during the poll campaign. Currently, 42 lakh families of farmer community are enrolled under the scheme.

“As per our commitment to farmers, today in our first Cabinet meeting, the target of KALIA beneficiaries has been increased to 75 lakh farm families. Fund release starts from today with immediate effect and about 25 lakh additional families will be assisted in a week,” said the Chief Minister.

During the first cabinet meeting, Patnaik also approved procurement and services worth Rs 1000 crore in favour of the Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) through Mission Shakti.

“Forty different types of activities such as paddy procurement, uniforms for children, hospital diet and mosquito nets, Mid-Day Meal will be part of this in the first phase. With these two resolutions the promise I had made about KALIA and Mission Shakti to be implemented on the day we assume office, is honoured,” added the Chief Minister.

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