Odisha Government has said the opposition should not doubt over the benefits of the KALIA Scheme (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation as it has been designed for the overall welfare of the farmers in the state.
“Odisha Government’s KALIA scheme has earned appreciation from economists from across the globe. There should be no doubt over its utility,” said state finance minister Shashi Bhushan Behera.
Behera was responding to a debate in the Assembly where opposition leader Narasingha Mishra raised doubts over the legality of the state government’s flagship scheme for farmers.
“How can you identify share croppers when there is no such legislation in the state? Odisha Land Reform Act has not been amended and therefore, the government will not be able to identify share croppers,” asked Mishra.
“For 2019-20 fiscal, the state government has made an allocation of Rs 4461 crore for KALIA scheme. The leader of opposition should have no doubt over the scheme,” Behera said.
The scheme, Behera said, would provide financial assistance to 50 lakh farmers in the state. Besides the farmer families, the scheme also covers the share croppers and daily wage agricultural labourers.
The minister also said that part from offering financial assistance to the farmers, the scheme will also provide assistance to the children of Kali scheme beneficiaries for their education. The state government will offer scholarships to these students for their study in state-run educational institutions.