Intense Move For KALIA

The State Administration has intensified its preparations to provide KALIA assistance to agricultural laborers, small and marginal farmers.

To assess the situation a meeting of the State-level Committee on Execution of the KALIA scheme was today organised at the State Secretariat under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

After elaborate discussion on the preparations, Mr.Padhi advised the Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment  Department as well as the District Collectors to finalize the list of beneficiaries within the stipulated timeframe after due screening of applications.

Mr.Padhi also advised them to focus on the eligibility of the beneficiaries, set right their bank accounts and deposit the assistance amount within the current month.

The Chief Secretary directed the Agriculture Department and the related sectors to upgrade the awareness level of agricultural laborers on various ways of earning livelihood.

It was decided at the meeting to organize livelihood awareness camps at Panchayat level during handing over of cheques.

Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy asked the Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Water Resource and Cooperative Departments to maintain coordination in the field for for successful implementation of the alternative livelihood scheme.

Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal, Principal Secretary Finance, Ashok Kumar Meena, Secretary Cooperation, Krishan Kumar,  Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers of different departments attended the meet.

Principal Secretary Agriculture, Saurabh Garg told media men after the meeting that assistance of Rs. 5,000 will be given each to 4-5 lakh landless agricultural laborers from June 15 onwards. The rest amount will be given in two phases, he said, adding that each beneficiary will get Rs. 12,500 in toto.

Similarly, assistance to the small and marginal farmers will be given from June 22 onwards and 13-14 lakh farmers will be covered under this assistance, Dr.Garg said.

Director of Agriculture M Muthu Kumar said a State-level training camp will be organized on June 14 on alternate methods of livelihood. The estimate of expenses towards this is Rs. 5 crore.

Stating that a training booklet has been published in order to guide the trainees, Mr.Muthu Kumar said the farmers will be given training on the benefits of animal husbandry, poultry farming, mushroom farming, apiculture, reprocessing of agricultural products and fishery.

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