In the dark hours of the second wave of the pandemic, farmers in Odisha have something to smile about. Hours after the central government transferred 2,000 yen each to farmer accounts under Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the Odisha government released 920 crore yen as part of its Krushak assistance program for the much vaunted livelihood and income increase (KALIA).
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the transfer of 920 crore to the accounts of 42 marginal and landless small farm families.
“The KALIA program is the best program for farmers in the whole country. This plan made farmers smile. It has also helped reduce the debt burden on farmers, ”said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, congratulating farmers on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya, an auspicious occasion that coincides with the start of the new agricultural season.
“Farmers are our pride. The sacrifice of farmers for society and the country is beyond compare. Last year, it was farmers who breathed new life into the economy, ”said Patnaik.
“To verify the spread of infection in the second wave of COVID-19, the lockdown was applied. But, confinement is not applicable for the agricultural sector. Thus, farmers can continue agricultural work by taking precautions against COVID, ”he advised.
Likewise, the central government deposited 556.64 crore in the accounts of 27.83 Lakh Odisha farmers under the PM-Kisan program. To date, the Center has provided assistance to the tune of 3,830.85 crore in eight installments under this flagship program.
Following the transfer of aid to farmers’ accounts, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Jananta Party were found engaging in a public row of political one-upmanship.
Speaking to Twitter, Union Oil and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said: “Although 40 50 103 farmers in Odisha have been registered under the PM Kisan program, only 24 70 671 farmers received 494.13 crore rupees in the seventh installment. ”
“After writing a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last March, 27,83,209 farmers were included in the eighth tranche – an increase of 3,12,538 farmers over the beneficiaries of the seventh tranche,” Mr. Pradhan tweeted .
“For the welfare of farmers, I once again urge the state government and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take action so that all farmers registered under Prime Minister Kisan Yojana can fully benefit” , did he declare.
Reacting to Mr Pradhan’s tweet, top BJD leader Pranab Prakash Das said: “Landless farmers and sharecroppers have been included in Odisha’s KALIA program. Please include PM-Kisan landless farmers in the KALIA program so that everyone benefits. ”