KALIA Funds Will Be Recovered From Ineligible Beneficiaries: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that all efforts will be made to retrieve money disbursed to ineligible beneficiaries under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.

Patnaik made the statement in response to a media query in New Delhi over disbursement of assistance by the State government to ineligible beneficiaries under the KALIA scheme.

Terming media reports on number of ineligible beneficiaries to have availed assistance under KALIA scheme as a case of miscommunication, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb came out with a clarification on the issue.

“The figure of 3.41 lakh beneficiaries as claimed in the reports is actually divided in four parts. Out of them 20,000 are government employees/pensioners and 12,000 are large farmers who are ineligible in the strictest sense and steps will be taken to recover the amount from them,” said Deb speaking to the media.

Deb said that amounts disbursed to multiple members from eligible families and to minors will be streamlined since the government will be operating the scheme for a period of five years in two instalments a year.

“Amounts disbursed to multiple members and minors from an eligible family will be adjusted against subsequent disbursements due to the same family in the course of the five-year scheme period,” Deb clarified.

Deb stated that this was the result of application of technology and transparency on which the State government has been stressing upon.The government has nothing to hide and had it been so the government would not have come out with the data, he added.

The BJD spokesperson stated that where ever DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) has been implemented in India the initial  error margin in percentage terms has been in a range of 2-5 percent which is later rectified.

“I will say an error margin of mere 0.62 percent by transfer of assistance through DBT is an achievement since the delivery was 99.40% accurate. This is transparency,” Deb pointed out while explaining that 32,000 ineligible beneficiaries in the strictest sense was a mere 0.62% out of the total number of 51 lakh beneficiaries provided with the assistance.

“Those who are labelling the error margin of 0.62% as a scam or allege that it has been done with a political motive is totally unacceptable,” he further clarified.

Pratap Keshari Deb, Spokesperson, BJD


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