Cooperation Minister Surjya Naryan Patro on Saturday said the beneficiaries of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme would get monetary assistance by January 26.
“Money will be directly credited to the bank accounts of nearly 12.4 lakh farmers, who are having regular transactions with us right from selling paddy and purchasing seeds and urea,” said Patro.
Besides, the farmers who have recently applied under the KALIA scheme would also get assistance by January 26 after necessary verifications by concerned officers,” said the Minister.
District Collectors have been asked for verification of the applications, following which the applicants would get the assistance.
The Government has earmarked Rs 10,180 crore for the KALIA scheme for three years. The scheme aims at providing financial, livelihood, cultivation and insurance support to small, marginal and landless farmers, Patro said.
However, the BJP alleged that that though the State Government is claiming that the KALIA scheme is for the benefit of farmers, it is being used to distribute funds to ruling party workers.
How can the Government identify the farmers in such a short period of time? The scheme is only meant to hoodwink people, said BJP Krushak Morcha president Sibaji Mohanty.