Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested the Prime Minister to add landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the chief Minister said, “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”.
He welcomed the new central scheme for augmenting the income of farmers by providing income support with 100% funding by Government of India.
Odisha in December, 2018 has approved KALIA scheme — Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation for farmers’ welfare to further accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the state, Patnaik mentioned in the letter.
The KALIA scheme is progressive and inclusive.
It covers 92% of the cultivators, share croppers (actual cultivators) and landless agriculture labourers in the state, he added.
It 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, Patnaik mentioned.
It also provides for financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or the livelihood activities due to various reasons, he informed.
The 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, he further mentioned.
It shall be our endeavour to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme, so that no one who is eligible is left out, Patnaik wrote.