Naveen Bats For Landless

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the flagship program of PM-KISAN.

"In order to make the PM-KISAN scheme more inclusive, I would strongly request you to kindly consider the inclusion of landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN," Patnaik wrote to the Prime Minister.

Chief Minister's letter to Mr.Modi came few days after the Union Government sought cooperation of the State Government for effective implementation of the Pradhan Mantri
Klsan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, completely funded by the Centre, the beneficiaries - small and marginal farmers - will get Rs 6,000 per annum across the country having cultivable holding of up to 2 hectare.
The monetary assistance will be provided in three installments with effect from December 1, 2018. The first installment of Rs 2,000 will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of the farmers by March this year.
Mr.Patnaik has welcomed the Centre's PM-KISAN scheme for augmenting the income of farmers by providing income support with 100 per cent funding by the Government of India.
Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that Odisha Government in December, 2018, approved the package for farmers' welfare- Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) to further accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the state.

Claiming that KALIA Scheme is progressive and inclusive, Mr.Patnaik said it covers 92 per cent of the cultivators, share croppers and landless agricultural labourers in the state.

It (KALIA) recognizes that livestock and fishery based activities are key drivers of economic growth in rural areas particularly for landless households as the income from wage labour alone is insufficient, Chief Minister said.

Mr.Patnaik added that KALIA also provides for financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or
livelihood activities due to various reasons.

The KALIA Scheme has already been rolled out in the month of January, 2019 and has created huge interest and response among the farming community of the state.

"It shall be our endeavor to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme, so that no one who is eligible is left out," Mr.Patnaik pointed out.

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