3.41 Lakh Ineligible Beneficiaries Identified Under KALIA: Minister

Bhubaneswar: A total of 3.41 lakh ineligible beneficiaries have been identified under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme during verification, informed Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo on Tuesday.

“Out of total ineligible beneficiaries who have availed assistance under KALIA, 20,000 are government employees/pensioners, 9,000 are minors and 12,000 are large farmers,” the Minister said giving details of the identified ineligible beneficiaries to reporters here.

Sahu stated that 12,000 large farmers who have availed assistance will be motivated or encouraged to refund the amount as they will get the assistance under the PM-KISAN scheme and added, amount received by 9,000 minors will be adjusted from subsequent instalments to the heads of their families as they may have been provided with assistance.

However, the Minister sounded tough on government employees/pensioners who have availed assistance under the scheme.

“They will be asked to refund the amount or else the amount will be deducted from their salary/pension,” he pointed out.

Besides, around 3 lakh multiple members of the same eligible family have received KALIA assistance. The assistance released to them shall be adjusted from subsequent instalments.

The government has provided monetary assistance to 51.05 lakh small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural labourers under the KALIA scheme.

The State government had launched the scheme before this year’s Lok Sabha polls and has transferred Rs 5,000 assistance to each 36.34 lakh small and marginal farmers and 14.70 lakh landless agricultural labourers under the scheme.

Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 10,000 per family at the rate of Rs 5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi seasons shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation.

Arun Sahoo, Minister, Agriculture, Odisha


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