Bhubaneswar: The State Government has reduced the financial assistance for farmers under the KALIA scheme to Rs 4,000 per annum from Rs 10,000.
The decision in this regard was taken after the State Government merged its KALIA scheme with the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).
“Keeping the parity of both the schemes, the small farmers/marginal farmers may be given with Rs 5,000 for 2019-20 and Rs 4,000 per year from 2020-21 so that they will get Rs 10,000 annually, i.e, Rs 6,000 from PM-KISAN and Rs 4,000 from KALIA,” a notification issued by the Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Department said.
As all the eligible farmers would get assistance from PM-KISAN from 2019-20, no assistance for Rabi-2019 would be given under the KALIA scheme to these farmers, the notification said, adding that the beneficiaries, who have not yet received financial assistance during 2018-19 under the KALIA scheme, would also be provided assistance for Rabi 2018-19.
“The actual cultivators (sharecroppers) who are landless, if any, will continue to get assistance from KALIA, i.e, Rs 10,000 annually since they are not considered under PM-KISAN,” the notification said.
Besides, the Government also made it clear that applications would be collected from large farmers online as they are eligible to get assistance from PM-KISAN which is Rs 6,000 per annum.
The farmers residing under urban local bodies would not be considered for both the schemes.
The notification further said, “As the Cooperation Department has decided to provide interest free crop loan up to Rs 1 lakh to all farmers, so component, i.e, ‘interest free crop loan’ under KALIA which had a provision to provide interest free crop loan up to Rs 50,000 to all farmers has been subsumed and need not be further considered under KALIA.”