Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today attended the mega convention of farmers in Puri and formally launched State government’s much-hyped Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme by initiating distribution of financial assistance directly to the farmers’ bank accounts.
Many of the ruling party MLAs, MPs and Ministers attended the meet.
Over 12 lakh small and marginal farmers will get financial assistance worth Rs 5,000 each under the KALIA scheme from Friday onwards in the first phase.
The shortlisted beneficiaries were selected from among the 20.40 lakh farmers, list of which was available with the State Government earlier.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the KALIA scheme will help farmers a lot and ensure their holistic development.
The scheme targets to cover 92 per cent of small and marginal cultivators and landless farmers to provide them financial, livelihood and cultivation support. Financial assistance of Rs 25,000 for agricultural and livelihood activities apart, KALIA also assures interest-free crop loan up to Rs 50,000 and life insurance support to the farmers.
Before attending the mega event near Malatipatpur, Patnaik visited the Jagannath temple and had darshan of the sibling deities.