No Proposal to Merge KALIA with PM-Kisan: Odisha Min

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo today asserted that there is no proposal to merge the popular KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme with the Central Government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Yojana.

The Odisha Government will provide a sum of Rs 10,000 to eligible farmers including Rs 6000 from PM-Kisan Yojana and Rs 4000 from the KALIA scheme, Sahoo told the Assembly.

Informing about the ineligible farmers under KALIA scheme, the Minister said that till date 45,965 ineligible beneficiaries have been identified. Steps have been taken to recover the money from them, he said.

As many as 1863 ineligible beneficiaries have returned the money, he added.

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