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Demand For KALIA Grows


With hardly any money left with the agricultural laborers and farmers, there is a growing demand to help them out with Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) Funds.

While Agriculture Sector provides livelihood for more than 65 Percent of the State’s population, repeated lockdowns have adversely impacted the fiscal condition of these people.

There is hardly any link between farmers, markets and their high dependence on this primary sector has left them in tough condition.

Dairy Farmers are in streets as milk procurement and marketing has hampered and poultry sector has suffered a lot due to misinformation campaign.

Now possibility of Locust Attack in Odisha has also frightened the farmers and at least 19 districts are in high and moderate risk zone, officials say.

So the farmers across the State are in dire straits as their savings have been utilized during these Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had promised to release Tranches of KALIA Funds to the farmers on his return to power, now in COVID-19 Pandemic, the worst hit people are crying for funds.
 
So, it is the right time to help out the farmers and agricultural laborers, who are in dire straits, feel peoples’ representatives.

Though they are not openly demanding it for the farmers, but they opine that it is the time when the State Government is needed to stand by the people of the State and it is high time to ramp up the social security allowances.

KALIA is one of the major social security allowances, which the State Government has earlier extended to

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the KALIA scheme, the state's own's farmer welfare scheme on December, 2018.

It was promised during the launch of the scheme that financial assistance of Rs 10,000 would be provided to small and marginal farmers in two instalments for separate crops in a year.

While Rs.5000 was released to the farmers in 2018, later the State Government slashed the amount to Rs.4000 in December, 2019.

In the first instalment, the State Government spent Rs 2552 crore on more than 51 lakh small and marginal and landless farmers giving them Rs 5000 each as farm assistance for purchase of inputs like seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and labour charges per agriculture season.

So now the farmers are ringing up senior officers for helping them with financial support and KALIA is the only source they see.

As there is requirement of funds for Khariff season and due to lockdown, the farmers have exhausted their savings, they are expecting support from the State.

Secondly, credit flow from the commercial banks have dried down.

Credit extension by commercial banks as proportion to the deposits are very low in the State.

So, pushing up credit facilities for crop loan and agricultural loans is now needed, feel officials.
 
 


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