Odisha govt. is going to provide 2nd phase installment under KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) Scheme 2019. The Kalia Yojana assistance amount will be transferred to the accounts of small and marginal farmers on 1 April rather than on Akshaya Tritiya. This announcement was made by CM Naveen Patnaik at the farmers convention held at Hindol in Dhenkanal district on 24 February 2019.
The CM on this occasion also initiated transfer of assistance amount of Rs. 5,000 each to around 1.79 lakh landless agricultural laborers. This amount could be utilized to take up various livelihood activities. All those farmers whose name appears in the Kalia Yojana 2nd beneficiary list would get this 2nd installment on 1st April through DBT mode.
This move comes after PM Narendra Modi launched the ambitious PM Kisan Scheme at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. The 1st installment of Rs. 2,000 each was transferred to the accounts of over 1 crore farmers including more than 9 lakh farmers in Odisha.
Odisha Kalia Scheme Second Phase Installment
As the Kharif agricultural activities starts from Akshaya Tritiya in Odisha which would fall on 7 May 2019, the women farmer requested CM to release the assistance early so that farmers can plan properly. So after launching the income support scheme from Puri on 25 January 2019, CM had announced that the next 2 installments of Rs. 5,000 for next Kharif and Rabi crops will be transferred on Akshaya Tritiya and Nuakhai.
The Akshaya Tritiya and Nuakhai are the 2 famous agrarian festivals in the state of Odisha. Over 27 lakh small and marginal farmers and over 5 lakh landless agricultural laborers have already received assistance under Kalia Scheme. Previously, the state govt. has announced the assistance amount under Kalia Scheme to be Rs. 10,000 in addition to the Rs. 6,000 assistance under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.
CM has also launched the Kalia Scholarship Scheme which promises financial assistance to children of Kalia beneficiaries to pursue professional and technical degree courses. CM also handed over the offer letters to some of the Kalia Yojana beneficiaries of the scheme.
Under Kalia Scholarship Scheme 2019, Odisha govt. is going to bear expenses like tuition fees, annual college fees, hostel establishment charges and mess fees for children of Kalia beneficiaries. All the students who are studying in government technical and professional educational institutions who wants to pursue higher education can avail scheme benefits. Kalia Scholarship Scheme is allowed for 35 types of courses including MBBS, BDS and B.Tech courses. For more details, visit the official website at http://kalia.co.in/index.html