Beneficiaries Under KALIA Increases Five-Fold

The Odisha government has decided on a five-fold increase in the number of beneficiaries for farmers’ welfare scheme KALIA, the scheme that caters to the landless agricultural households.

“Though earlier it was decided to restrict the number of beneficiaries under landless agricultural households to one lakh, now it has been decided to enhance it to 5 lakh during 2019-20,”

said Chief Secretary A P Padhi.

KALIA which stands for ‘Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation’ is a farmer welfare scheme initiated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 21 December 2018, aimed at accelerating agricultural prosperity and reducing poverty in the state.

Every recipient household under the landless agricultural section will receive aid worth Rs 12,500 under KALIA. As declared, the government has already transferred the first tranche of Rs 5,000 to thirteen lakh marginal farmers and sharecroppers as support.

The monetary assistance will be provided in different time periods, keeping in mind the cyclical purchase of inputs and investment required. It has been decided that Kharif assistance will be given on ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ day and Rabi assistance on agrarian festival ‘Nuakhai’ to all the beneficiaries.