Centre conspiring to stop Odisha scheme: Naveen

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  1. Odisha Chief Minister has accused the central government of conspiring to stop disbursement of funds to farmers in Odisha under the Kalia scheme.
  2. “Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation” (Kalia) scheme of Odisha is a direct cash transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural labourers. It seeks to provide financial assistance of Rs.25, 000 per farm family over five seasons to small and marginal farmers so that farmers can purchase farm inputs use assistance towards labour and other investments.
  3. Further, it seeks to provide a financial Assistance of Rs.12500 to each landless Agricultural Household for carrying out agricultural allied activities.
  4. Recently, the Election Commission had stopped the Kalia scheme under the Model Code of Conduct on the grounds that the scheme had incomplete information about beneficiaries.