Bhubaneswar: A large number of farmers in Odisha have availed the benefits of KALIA scheme which was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in December 2018, said Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Department Minister Arun Sahu on Wednesday.
Responding to a question in the ongoing Assembly session, Sahu said that so far, 51,05,290 beneficiaries have received Rs 5,000 under the KALIA scheme. Among them, 36,34,710 are small farmers while 14,70,580 are landless farmers. The details about KALIA beneficiaries have been uploaded in the scheme’s web portal in separate blockwise and district wise lists, he added.
The Minister added that under the PM KISAN yojana, so far, 29,61,384 farmers have received funds in the first phase. In the second phase of the scheme, 9,33,931 farmers received Rs 2,000. All their details are uploaded in the PM KISAN web portal, he added.
The first installment of KALIA was disbursed between January 2019 and May 2019. The disbursement of the second installment has started from November this year, Sahu added. Similarly, PM KISAN funds has been given in two phases – December 2018 to March 2019 and April 2019 to July 2019.