By Hrusikesh Mohanty
Berhampur, Jan 26 (Local;Wire) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government will disburse different benefits, including financial ones, under the newly launched Krushak Assistance for Livelihood Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme in agriculture sector to around 25,000 farmers in Ganjam.
Patnaik will provide the benefits to beneficiaries at a farmers’ rally held near airstrip at Rangeilunda.
Patnaik was rolled out the much talked KALIA scheme at Puri on Friday.
Under the scheme, the first cash installment of Rs 5000 was provided to eligible farmers by transferring the cash through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
The farmers’ rally at Rangeilunda would be the second one after Puri post the launch of KALIA, said BJD’s district unit president and MLA (Gopalpur) Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy.
The rally would be attended by around one lakh farmers of the district.
Besides distribution of the benefits to the farmers, the chief minister would also inaugurate 231 different projects and lay foundation stones of 48 various projects.
The worth of all these projects is around Rs 1101 crore, said Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange on Saturday at Chhatrapur, the district headquarters town.
“We have made all arrangements for the farmers’ rally,” said the collector.
Adequate police forces have been deployed ahead of the rally.
The district collector and senior police officers and senior BJD leaders assessed the arrangements for the proposed rally on Saturday.
Meanwhile, BJP’s district unit opposed the proposed venue of the farmers at Rangeilunda airstrip.
“The airstrip is meant for operating helicopters, not for holding rallies. We demand to change the venue,” said BJP’s state secretary Bibhuti Jena.
BJP’s district unit submitted a memorandum to the revenue divisional commissioner, southern division here in this regard.