Bhubaneswar: Over 10 lakh small farmers, including landless agricultural labourers, are expected to get assistance in the second phase of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme of the State Government on Thursday.
In the first phase, the State Government has sent Rs 5,000 to the bank accounts of 12.45 lakh small and marginal farmers and over 57,000 sharecroppers under the farmers’ income support scheme.
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.
On January 25, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the initiative at a massive farmers’ rally at Malatipatpur in Puri. Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 10,000 (Rs 5,000 each kharif and rabi seasons) will be given to the family of every small and marginal farmer in the State.