You must have heard about the newly launched scheme named as KALIA. Here KALIA stands for Krushak Assitance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation. This scheme has nothing to do with the character named as KALIA of the Sholey movie. But this is a move by the Odisha government which is an alternative of loan waiver by other state governments.

KALIA Scheme is somewhat similar to the Rythu Bandhu Scheme of Telangana government. This scheme will not only cover the farmers, but it will also cover the landless labourers, vulnerable farmers who are unable to do cultivation due to old age, disability or sickness. The highlights of the Scheme are as shown in picture below.

KALIA Scheme

Under this Scheme budgetary allocation of 10,000 crore rupees has been done for three financial years up to 2020-21. This scheme will not only provide the direct income support to farmers, but will also provide insurance cover for life as well as accidents. Life insurance cover of rupees 2 lakh will be provided to per household and an additional accidental insurance cover of rupees 2 lakh will also be provided to about 74 lakh households of the state.

A financial assitance of rupees 5,000 will be provided to each household for kharif as well as Rabi crops. This will help farmers to buy seeds and fertilizers before sowing crops. In addition to this, a financial assistance of rupees 12,500 will be provided to households who don’t own land. This will help them to take up activities like small goat rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.

Annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 per household will be provided to take care of sustenance of farmers who are not able to take up cultivation due to old age, disability, disease or other reasons. Deserving families will be identified and selected by gram panchayats. About 10 lakh households will be covered over two years.

In addition to above benefits, interest free loan of up to 50,000 rupees will also be provided to farmers under this scheme.

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