Bhubaneswar: The State Government has allocated an extra Rs 3,234 crore fund to benefit an additional 32.34 lakh beneficiaries of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in the State.
Notably, the State Cabinet in its first meeting on May 29 approved a proposal to include 32.34 lakh additional beneficiaries in the KALIA scheme during 2019-20.
To extend financial support to the additional beneficiaries Rs 3,234 crore will be spent in addition to the funds already approved for existing beneficiaries.
Of the total 75 lakh KALIA beneficiary families, 50 lakh are small and marginal farmers while rest 25 lakh are landless farmers.
The State Cabinet in its first meeting on May 29 approved a proposal for the enhancement of the target of KALIA beneficiaries to 75 lakh farm families from 42 lakh families. This is 33 lakh more than the existing beneficiary families.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government started disbursement of funds to farmers under the ‘KALIA’ scheme on May 23, the day it formed Government for the fifth straight term.