KALIA, PM-KISAN to be merged: Odisha ministers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Agriculture Minister Arun Sahu said on Thursday that the Kalia scheme will converge with the Prime Minister-Farmer Scheme of the Center for the benefit of farmers. He said, “Livelihoods and Income Enhancement (curry paste) agricultural support scheme even though Prime farmers have changed with respect to the Fund (PM-Kesan), but will continue qaliya scheme for farmers.”
Sources said that the state government is in discussion with the Union Ministry of Agriculture to finalize modalities for the merger of the scheme.
Sources said that under the scheme, instead of Rs 10,000, under the Kalia scheme, the state government will now give Rs 4,000 to the farmers, while the remaining Rs 6,000 will be given to the farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.Since PM-KISAN has no provision for the landless farmers, the state government will continue to pay Rs 12,000 per year under the KALIA scheme.
Meanwhile, Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) convenor Akshay Kumar said the state government has cheated the farmers with the proposed merger of KALIA and PM-KISAN. “Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has cheated 75 lakh farmers in the state. Farmers will lodge FIRs against the Chief Minister on December 16,” said Kumar.
The opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also criticised the state government for failing to provide assistance to the farmers.
“KALIA scheme was an election gimmick. As the election is over, the government has backtracked from its promise. It’s a mockery to the farmers,” said Congress leader Ganeswar Behera.BJP leader Bishnu Sethi said that the state government is playing with the farmers by not giving assistance under the scheme.
Under the KALIA scheme, small and marginal farmers will be provided financial assistance of Rs 25,000 per farmer family over five seasons. In addition, financial assistance of Rs 12,500 will be provided to each landless farming house for agriculture and allied activities.

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