Odisha Disburses 386 Crore To Landless Farmers

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik disbursed financial assistance of Rs 386 crore to landless farmers’ families under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Yojana. Around 17,89,103 landless agricultural farmers will become beneficiaries of this COVID-19 assistance package.

Landless farmers will get a supplementary Rs 1,000 besides the regular instalment under the new scheme. The funds will be deposited in the bank accounts of the recipient farmers. A sum of Rs 12,500 will be given to the farmers under the scheme in three instalments. The beneficiaries include small and marginal farmers, landless farmers, and farm labourers.

This announcement came after a party meeting chaired by CM Naveen Patnaik. Highlights of the meeting:

-Patnaik stated that the state government will continue to demand proper implementation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations which suggest that Minimum Support Price (MSP) should be one-and-a-half times more than the input cost. The state government has been demanding an MSP of Rs 2,030 per quintal of paddy, while the Centre has fixed it at Rs 1,868 per quintal.

-The State government has announced a separate financial assistance package for street vendors, dairy farmers, construction workers and other sections of the population for their livelihood sustenance.

-Patnaik called upon all the people to cooperate to contain the pandemic. He further requested the farmers to vaccinate themselves for their protection and as they are an integral part of the Indian economy.

-While concluding the meeting, the CM virtually interacted with three landless farmers about the KALIA scheme.

Previously, Patnaik had announced a 1,690 crore package for landless farmers, construction workers, urban poor, food security beneficiaries, MGNREGS workers and particularly vulnerable tribal group members.

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