Bhubaneswar: The State Government has spent a whopping Rs 6,690 crore under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Yojana during the last three years, informed Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo in the State Assembly on Wednesday. Replying to a question by BJP MLA Nauri Nayak, Sahoo said that in 2018-19 fiscal, a sum of Rs 2175.66 crore was spent towards the financial assistance for 51.05 lakh marginal and landless farmers. In 2019-20, the beneficiaries received Rs 3,243.01 crore under the scheme.
Families of as many as 53.55 lakh marginal and landless farmers have been provided with financial assistance under KALIA Yojana during 2020-21 financial year. Till February this year, Rs 1,272. 19 crore has been spent, Sahoo added.