Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme was launched by CM Naveen Patnaik on 21st December 2018 in Odisha, to provide benefits to Small, marginal farmers and also landless agricultural laborers of the state.
OBJECTIVE: To provide support for livelihood, income promotion and improve the poverty in state.
- Total Cost of scheme- INR 10000 Crore
- Beneficiaries- Cover 92% farmers and agriculture laborers and cultivators.
- Eligibility: Only native of the state.
- Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode : to provide financial aids to farmer.
- KALIA Scheme provides a better option than Loan Waiver Scheme.
- It will be started from upcoming Rabi Season (Month of February or march Expected) and assistance is for five crop seasons (spanning three years from 2018-19 to 2021-22).
- 5 Types of Financial Aids are provided to Small, marginal farmers and landless agricultural laborers of the Odisha States:
- Support for cultivation- Rs. 10000 per family, (in Rabi & Kharib seasons) covering the 30 lakh small & marginal farmer families.
- Support for livelihood– Rs. 12500 to 10 Lakh landless agriculture households for livelihoods activities.
- Financial assistance– Rs. 10000 per annum to 10 lakh vulnerable agriculture households& landless laborers.
- Life insurance cover– Life insurance of Rs. 2 lakhs and additional personal accident cover of Rs. 2 lakhs to 57 lakh households of cultivators and landless agri. laborers.
- Interest free crop loan– All Crop loans up to Rs 50000 now at either Zero interest or interest free.
BENEFITS OF KALIA SCHEME
- Odisha government aims to serve different type of financial support in form of KALIA Scheme.
- It will improve living standard of the farmers and landless agricultural laborers in the state and also serve the better chances of their survival.
- It will increase confidences in the state farmers.
- It will improve poverty level of Small, marginal farmers and landless agricultural laborers.
- It provides cushion to farmer because with money provided the farmer can purchase seeds and fertiliser and start sowing and thereby reduce indebtedness among farmers and stop vicious debt trap of moneylenders.
- It does not exclude rich farmers and wealthy landlords.
- Under 'Kaliya' all farmers of state are not entitled to concession as certain condition, are applicable only on some basis. The government employees and tax payers will not get the benefit of Kaliya scheme.
- Some critics have termed KALIA scheme as political gimmick and rather suggested bonus for paddy farmers and implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee.