All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India -Samyak Pandey
Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.
New Delhi: The Odisha government has launched a scheme to provide agricultural credit to landless farmers across the state. This is the ‘first’ such targeted scheme for landless farmers in India.
Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme the Naveen Patnaik government announced Thursday, Odisha will provide agriculture credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years. The credit will be provided to farmers in groups in every district.
The scheme is being seen as a follow-up to the state’s popular ‘Kalia’ (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme, which was launched in 2018 to give financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to small and marginal farmers in two instalments for separate crops in a year.
According to Odisha agriculture officials, the database of tenant/landless farmers maintained under the Kalia scheme will be integrated into this scheme as it was cross-checked and verified by the gram sabha.
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ThePrint.in, 5 July, 2020, https://theprint.in/economy/all-about-odishas-new-credit-scheme-for-7-lakh-landless-farmers-a-first-in-india/454708/