Bhubaneswar: BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar over stopping of disbursal of money under KALIA scheme to farmers.
“I had come here to meet the Chief Electoral Officer about a strong complaint of the election office stopping our Government’s KALIA scheme for the farmers. There’s no restriction on PM-KISAN scheme but KALIA Scheme disbursal has been stalled,” Patnaik told reporters after meeting with the CEO.
Patnaik said he was disappointed to see that BJP complained to EC about KALIA scheme, “Farmers will give them a befitting reply,” said Patnaik.
On Friday, the BJD sought the intervention of the Election Commission of India (ECI) accusing the Odisha CEO of not allowing disbursement of cash assistance to around 25.34 lakh farmers under the State’s KALIA scheme due to pressure by BJP.
Meanwhile, Patnaik promised that he will give two instalments (Rs 10,000) at one go to farmers on the day-one of Government formation.