Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today allocated an additional fund of Rs 3234 crore for implementation of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) during 2019-20.
Allocation of funds followed the first cabinet decision of the Naveen Patnaik government on May 29 to include 32.34 lakh additional beneficiaries under the scheme. The BJD supremo had earlier promised to increase the number of beneficiaries immediately after the formation of the BJD government during the poll campaign.
The beneficiaries will include small and marginal farmers, sharecroppers (actual cultivators) and landless agricultural households in the KALIA scheme, apart from the farm families already provided with financial assistance during 2018-19.
Out of a total of 75 lakh farm families to be included in the KALIA scheme, 50 lakh will be small and marginal farmers and sharecroppers while the remaining 25 lakh will be landless agricultural households.