Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo on Wednesday informed the State Assembly that 1,04,076 beneficiaries of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation(KALIA) scheme have been identified as ineligible.

In response to questions of BJD MLA Prafulla Samal, the Minister said that a total of 56,14,707 eligible beneficiaries have been identified under the scheme so far.

"The beneficiaries who have been benefitted by the scheme so far include 36,50,873 small and marginal farmers and 17,04,733 landless farm labourers," said Sahoo.

"The information regarding enrolled KALIA beneficiaries block-wise and district-wise lists are available at kalia.co.in. The eligible farmers, who have not been included in the list as yet, could apply through the web portal with proper documents," he added.

He further said that efforts are on to include all the left-out eligible farmers under the scheme.

"The officials engaged in the scrutiny process have been asked to ensure that not a single deserving beneficiary is left out of the scheme," he added.

The State Government had launched the scheme in 2019 to provide financial assistance to farmers for encouraging cultivation and associated activities. The programme covers about 92 per cent of the State's cultivators and almost all landless farmers.