The Odisha government launched the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme to reduce poverty and accelerate agricultural prosperity. It is a scheme that provides various benefits for farmers’ welfare.
The KALIA scheme supports cultivators, small farmers and landless agricultural labourers. It provides payments to farmers to encourage cultivation and associated activities. It will benefit 92% of the cultivators in the state of Odisha, who can avail of the scheme benefits through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
The following persons are ineligible to get the benefits of the KALIA scheme:
The KALIA scheme gives financial assistance of Rs.25,000 for a farm family (small and marginal farmers) over five seasons to purchase inputs like fertilisers, seeds and pesticides. The farm family can also use the financial assistance towards labour and other investments. The assistance for cultivation is implemented from the Rabi season 2018-19 onwards.
The assistance for livelihood provides financial assistance of Rs.12,500 to all landless agricultural households for allied agricultural activities like mini-layer units, small goat rearing units, duckery units, mushroom cultivation, fishery kits for fisherman and bee-keeping, etc. This assistance will particularly benefit the SC and ST population of Odisha state.
The vulnerable cultivators or landless agricultural labourers will get financial assistance of Rs.10,000 per family every year to enable them to take care of their sustenance.
The KALIA scheme provides a life insurance cover of Rs.2 lakh at a nominal premium of Rs.330 per annum to all savings bank account holders who are cultivators and landless agricultural labourers between 18-50 years. The Odisha government will bear the farmers’ share of an annual premium of Rs.165.
The KALIA scheme provides a personal accident cover of Rs.2 lakh at a nominal premium of Rs.12 per annum for all savings bank account holders who are cultivators and landless agricultural labourers between 18-50 years. The Odisha government will bear the farmers’ share of an annual premium of Rs.6. The Odisha government will bear the entire amount of Rs.12 towards the annual premium of the beneficiaries aged between 51-70 years.
The KALIA scheme will provide crop loans up to Rs.50,000 at 0% interest for the vulnerable landless labourers, sharecroppers, cultivators, and agricultural families identified by Gram Panchayats. The 0% interest loan is provided to the relevant borrowers to ensure agriculture development and growth.
The KALIA scheme beneficiaries can also update their KYC documents on the official KALIA scheme website. The farmers will receive financial assistance under the KALIA scheme through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode directly to their bank accounts, helping them get assistance on time.