Bhubaneswar, Dec 22 (LocalWire) The Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS), an organization fighting for farmers’ rights, on Saturday slammed the Odisha government for its Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
“The KALIA scheme is as futile as old wine in a new bottle. This is nothing new. The government is faking that it cares for the farmers, while this scheme diverts attention from actual issues like price, pension and farm loan waiver,” NNKS coordinator Askhya Kumar said at a press conference.
The Odisha government on Friday announced the KALIA scheme amounting to over Rs 10,000 crore for farmers.
A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday approved the scheme, which will cover all small and marginal farmers in the state.
A farmer will get an amount of Rs 10,000 for cultivation annually at the rate of Rs 5,000 for taking up each Kharif and Rabi cultivation.
The scheme will also support as many as 10 lakh landless households providing a financial assistance of Rs 12,500 to take up profitable occupation like goat rearing, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.
Furthermore, the KALIA scheme will provide Rs 10,000 financial assistance to farmer families not able to earn livelihood due to old-age related problems.
Life insurance cover of Rs two lakh and additional personal accident cover of Rs two lakh will cover around 57 lakh households of both cultivators and landless agricultural labourers.