CM flags off Raths to spread awareness on KALIA


Bhubaneswar: In a bid to reach out each and every farmers in rural pockets, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday flagged off ‘Kalia Ratha’ to spread awareness on benefits of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) for rural farmers at Gram Panchayat level.

A total of 150 vehicles will move across rural areas to create awareness on different aspects of the scheme through audiovisual and folk art media. In the first phase 20 Raths will roll.

The integrated campaign will cultural activities, audiovisuals, IEC materials to make farmers aware in remote areas about the scheme exclusively meant for farmers.

Patnaik, who refused to go for farm loan waiver in the State, introduced the KALIA scheme claiming that it will cover 92 per cent of the cultivators, loanee as well as non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers (actual cultivators) and landless agricultural labourers.

Under the scheme the small and marginal farmers will get Rs 10,000 per annum as financial assistance for input cost for cultivation (Rs 5,000 for Kharif crop and another Rs 5,000 for Rabi crop), the landless farmers would get Rs 12,500 for agricultural allied activities such as goat farming, poultry farming, duckery, beekeeping, mushroom cultivation and so on.

Similarly, the scheme has also the provision of providing financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per family per year to enable the vulnerable cultivators or landless agricultural labourers to take care of their sustenance.

Meanwhile, the State Government started disbursing money to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries directly.

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