Bhubaneswar: Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Arun Sahoo today informed that a total of 2.66 lakh ineligible KALIA Scheme beneficiaries have been identified so far in the State.
The Minister after chairing a review meeting on the status of the ongoing State-wide beneficiary identification drive informed that out of the 51 lakh beneficiaries, the scrutiny of 36.88 lakh farmers has been completed. So far, a total of 2.66 lakh beneficiaries have been found to be ineligible.
“The identification process of ineligible beneficiaries at panchayat level will be completed by August 27 while the same at block and district levels will be finished by August 31,” said the Minister.
“After completion of scrutiny process, the exact number of ineligible people will be ascertained,” said the Minister, adding that accordingly a decision on future course of action will be taken by the State Government.
Sahoo also said that the officials engaged in the scrutiny process have been asked to ensure that not a single deserving beneficiary is left out of the scheme.
The State Government has launched Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to provide financial assistance to farmers. Under the scheme, a farmer is entitled to get Rs 5,000 financial assistance per crop.