KALIA Scheme Grows Bigger To Cover 75 Lakh Families

On Wednesday, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik initiated a fresh round of funds disbursement to farmers under the ‘KALIA’ scheme. The State Cabinet met under Patnaik’s chairmanship and approved a proposal to add 32.34 lakh farmers under KALIA and another proposal to provide Rs 1,000 crore worth of government businesses to women Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

Under the enhanced mandate, the number of KALIA beneficiaries will increase from 42 lakh families to 75 lakh families. 50 lakh out of the 75 lakh farmers will be small farmers/marginal farmers/actual cultivators and 9.4 lakh will be landless agricultural households. The funds were released on Wednesday with immediate effect in an aim to assist 25 lakh additional families in a week’s time.

An official statement mentioned that the first instalment of Rs 5,000 was released to about 8.4 lakh farm families on the day of the meeting.

Patnaik’s official statement said, “As part of our commitment to farmers, today in our first cabinet meeting, the fund release under KALIA scheme starts with immediate effect, and about 25 lakh additional families will be assisted in a weeks’ time”

“In a historic initiative towards economic empowerment of women, the cabinet in its first meeting has also approved thousand crores worth of government business to be done by Women Self Help Groups through Mission Shakti,” Patnaik added.

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