Odisha Govt To Cut Off Ineligible Beneficiaries From KALIA List

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday said it has begun the process to exclude ineligible persons out of the KALIA beneficiaries list.

Principal secretary of the Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment department, Saurabh Garg said his department has uploaded the names of 51 lakh KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) beneficiaries on its official website. These include 37 lakh small and marginal farmers and 14 lakh landless agricultural labourers.

Besides, the list of the KALIA beneficiaries has been sent to each panchayat office with the instruction to strike out the names of the ineligible beneficiaries, Garg told the media.

“The ineligible beneficiaries can withdraw their name from the list through an application,” he added.

Stating that the department till date has received about one crore applications, Garg said the government’s aim was to allow the deserving beneficiaries and keep out those who do not come under the KALIA norms.

He further said that committees have been formed at the panchayat, block and district levels to identify the eligible beneficiaries.

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