Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, worth over Rs 10,000 crore to empower small, marginal farmers and the landless.
The scheme covers 92 per cent of cultivators, loanee and non-loanee, sharecroppers and landless labourers across the State. A total of Rs 25,000 financial assistance will be provided to farmer in five phases from January 25.
Though the scheme did not have provision of farm loan waiver, the State Government claimed that all the small and marginal farmers of the state (over 30 lakh) will be covered under the scheme.
Under the scheme an amount of Rs 10,000 per family at the rate of Rs 5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi seasons will be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation.
Under KALIA, there is a plan to spend an amount of Rs 10,180 crore over a period of three years till 2020-21.