Bhubaneswar, August 9 (LocalWire) A draft agricultural policy prepared by the state Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment has recommended continuing farmers cash assistance scheme KALIA to five years, instead of current provision of three years.
“KALIA will remain a flagship scheme of the government and will be strengthened and continued during the next five years,”according to the draft report.
The Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme was launched in December 2018.
Under the scheme, farm labourers and small farmers were eligible to get cash assistance of Rs 5000 per crop season, totaling Rs 10,000 a year.
The scheme was initially proposed to run for six crop seasons or for three years.
The draft report also recommends massive changes in procedure for KALIA scheme, including a performance audit by a third party.
“The scheme will be reviewed on key performance indicators.
A third-party evaluation will be utilised to assess impact on KALIA beneficiaries and suggest fine-tuning of the scheme,” the report said highlighting proposed changes to be made for the flagship scheme.
Recently, the state government began the process of weeding out ineligible beneficiaries of the scheme after a large scale irregularities was reported.
In an advertisement published on local dailies, the state government earlier this week, requested the farmers to spot ineligible persons benefited by the scheme and also requested ineligible beneficiaries to voluntarily declare the sum received from the state government.
This is the third such policy prepared by the state government since Biju Janata Dal came into power in 2001. The new policy focuses on enhancing farmers’ income by streamlining agricultural production and marketing.