Dhenkanal: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that the second phase assistance under the KALIA scheme will be transferred to accounts of small and marginal farmers on April 1 instead of Akshaya Tritiya.
This year Akshaya Tritiya falls on May 7.
Addressing a farmers’ convention in Dhenkanal, Patnaik said the small and marginal farmers will receive the Rs 5,000 financial assistance in the second phase on April 1 instead of the Akshaya Tritiya.
While launching the scheme on January 25, the Chief Minister announced that farmers will get Rs 5000 each in the next four instalments, two each for Kharif and Rabi crops, on Akshaya Tritiya and Nuakhai, the two major agrarian festivals in the State.
This money will be used by farmers to buy fertilisers, seeds, pesticides and other items related to farming. The scheme targets to cover 92 per cent of small and marginal cultivators and landless farmers to provide them financial, livelihood and cultivation support, added Patnaik.