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Odisha Extends KALIA Scheme for Three Years

by Nita Mishra

Budget Allocation of Rs.6029.70 Crores Approved

The Odisha Cabinet has given the green light to extend the KALIA scheme for an additional three years, with an estimated budget of Rs.6029.70 Crores for the period of 2024-25 to 2026-27.

Smooth Implementation for Farmers’ Welfare

The extension of the KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme aims to ensure hassle-free implementation and to integrate farmers into the financial mainstream of society.

Focus on Agricultural Prosperity and Poverty Alleviation

Initiated in 2018-19, the KALIA scheme targets the prosperity and progress of agriculture, intending to alleviate poverty among farmers and landless agricultural households. With a significant portion of Odisha’s population directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, this extension is expected to further support their economic well-being.

Educational Support through KALIA Scholarship

Under the Farmers’ Welfare KALIA Scheme, the state has also introduced the KALIA Scholarship to facilitate the educational development of beneficiaries’ children. This initiative aims to encourage the pursuit of professional or technical education among the offspring of small and marginal farmers, as well as landless farm families, recognizing that the future prosperity of farming households hinges on the educational advancement of their children.

Advance Release Dates for Agricultural Assistance

To ensure the timely purchase of agricultural inputs, the Odisha Government has decided to advance the release dates of KALIA assistance. Starting from April 15 for the Kharif season and September 1 for the Rabi season, these measures are intended to benefit farmers across the state.

Additional Support for Eligible Landless Agricultural Households

Furthermore, eligible landless agricultural households that have already received all installments of Rs.12,500 will receive additional financial assistance as determined by the Government.

This extension of the KALIA scheme underscores the government’s commitment to supporting the agricultural community and fostering economic empowerment across rural Odisha.

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