Odisha Government launches KALIA scheme

Odisha Government launches KALIA scheme

Question: Which of the following state has launched the KALIA scheme?
(a) Odisha
(b) Karnataka
(c) Gujarat
(d) Madhya Pradesh
Answer: (a)
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  • On 21st December, 2018, Odisha Government has approved the comprehensive agricultural scheme KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme, worth over Rs 10,000 crore, for the overall development of farmers in the state.
  • This is a progressive and inclusive scheme and will make a direct impact on poverty by way of massive investment in this sector and making benefits each of the neediest through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

Provisions for Agricultural Households:

  • This scheme covers all the small and marginal farmers of the state (over 30 lakh) and Rs 10,180 crore will be spent over a period of three years till 2020-21.
  • The scheme will provide financial assistance to farmers with ₹10,000 a year at the rate of Rs 5,000 each for Kharif and Rabi season. Additionally, crop loans of up to Rs 50,000 are made interest-free under the scheme.
  • Beneficiaries will be identified and selected by Gram Panchayats. Under this scheme, about 10 lakh households will be covered over two years at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

Other Provisions:

  • Ten lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of Rs 12,500 to take up activities like goat rearing units, mini layer units, duckery units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.
  • Financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per household will be delivered to take care of sustenance of farmers who are not able carry out cultivation due to old age, disability, disease or other reasons.
  • The KALIA scheme also facilitates life insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of Rs 2 lakh to both cultivators and landless agriculture laborers covering about 74 lakh households.

Links:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/odisha-govt-announces-kalia-agriculture-scheme-development-farmers-5504628/

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/odisha-govt-approves-rs-10-000-crore-kalia-scheme-for-farmers-118122101014_1.html

https://www.businesstoday.in/pti-feed/odisha-govt-announces-rs-10000-crore-scheme-for-development-of-farmers/story/303221.html

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