Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today on the auspicious occasion of Nuakhai disbursed Rs 742.58 crore as assistance for Rabi Crop to 37,12,914 small and marginal farmers under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme. An amount of Rs 2,000 each has been deposited in their bank accounts, said a press release issued from the CM’s office today evening.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Farmers’ problem is our problem. It’s the problem of the entire State.”
While stating that farmers’ problems can never be neglected, Patnaik said that he has personally communicated with the Central government to resolve the problem concerning fertilizers.
He said that time and again the Central government’s attention is being drawn towards Minimum Support Price (MSP) and crop insurance.
The Chief Minister said that the government is always with the farmers. Speaking about the State having received less rainfall this year, he said that but then since the State is receiving good rain now he expected that the situation will improve in the coming days.
While informing that the government is keeping a close watch over the situation, Chief Minister said that he has directed field workers of the Agriculture department to always remain in touch with the farmers and keep a vigil over the situation.
He advised the farming community to work as per the advice of the Agriculture department.
Wishing the farmers on the occasion of Nuakhai, the Chief Minister stated that Nuakhai is the festival of the mother Earth and farmers are the greatest worshippers of mother Earth. He expressed his happiness over assistance being provided to farmers on such an auspicious occasion.
Patnaik said that KALIA Scheme is the best scheme in the entire country for the welfare of farmers. Odisha is the only State that is providing assistance to landless farmers. Lakhs of small farmers are benefiting from KALIA scheme, he added.
The Chief Minister informed that since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, the State government has provided over Rs 3200 crore assistance to farmers.
Participating in the programme from Nayagarh Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo highlighted the various programmes undertaken by the State government for the development of agriculture. He said the KALIA scheme has turned out to be a support system for the farming community.
Giving their opinion, Makardhwaj Mendli from Sambalpur, Lasima Biswal and Radhakant from Bargarh, Rajkumar Pradhan and Parmanand Majhi from Bolangir were of high praise for the KALIA Scheme and said that it because of the timely assistance under the scheme that they are not being forced to borrow.
The programme was moderated by Secretary to CM (5T).
Agriculture Secretary SK Vasisht made the welcome address and the departmental Director offered the vote of thanks.