Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to maintain transparency in implementation of the KALIA scheme, the Odisha government has now geared up to drop ineligible beneficiaries. Already the names and list of 51 lakh farmers, who have received benefits under the scheme, have been uploaded on the website.

Agriculture Secretary, Saurabh Garg today informed that out of the total 51 lakh farmers, there are 37 lakh small and marginal farmers while remaining 14 lakh are landless farmers.

The list of the beneficiaries has been pasted on the walls of each panchayat so as to weed out ineligible beneficiaries. Those, who voluntarily want to their names to be dropped from the KALIA beneficiary list, can do so by filing up a form.

One can download the form from the official and submit it before the panchayat level nodal officer between August 6 and August 14. They also need to apply before concerned bank managers to refund the assistance which they had received under the KALIA scheme.

Official sources said the left out beneficiaries, who were not included under the KALIA scheme, can now apply for enrolling themselves under the scheme.

Garg further informed that at present the government has received nearly one crore applications while efforts are on to identify genuine beneficiaries and remove fake ones. Moreover, committees have been formed at panchayat, block and district levels for the same, he added.