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Odisha government transferred nearly Rs 700 crore to the bank accountsover 34 lakh farmers under KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar:1/4/21: Bringing cheers to the farming community in Odisha, the State government today transferred nearly Rs 700 crore to the bank accounts of over 34 lakh farmers under its flagship Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke on the occasion of the ‘Utkal Dibasa’ and announced Rs 693.94 crore has been disbursed to over 34 lakh farmers under the KALIA scheme for Rabi crop season.

“From today, the new financial year also kick-starts. After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Gopabandhu, I begin the new fiscal with the welfare measures for farmers,” said the Chief Minister.
He stated the KALIA scheme will benefit 17 lakh landless poor as well.

“KALIA scheme is the only scheme in the entire country which also helps landless poor along with farmers,” the CM said.

Demanding a hike in MSP to one-and-half-time of production cost, the Chief Minister said his government’s fight will continue to ensure implementation of the recommendation of the MS Swaminathan Committee. “The MSP hike is not anyone’s charity, but is a right of farmers. We are with the farmers always,” he said.

Among others, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra, Agriculture Production Commissioner Rajkumar Sharma, 5T Secretary VK Pandian and senior officials were present in the meeting.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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