Odisha Chief Minister has accused the central
government of conspiring to stop disbursement of funds to farmers in Odisha
under the Kalia scheme.
“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.
Further, it seeks to provide a financial
Assistance of Rs.12500 to each landless Agricultural Household for carrying out
agricultural allied activities.
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.