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Naveen welcomes PM –KISSAN ,urges Modi to include landless labourers and share croppers

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (UNI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN yojana to make the scheme more inclusive.
"I would strongly request you to kindly consider the inclusion of landless labourers, share croppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the PM-KISAN,’’Mr.Patnaik said in a letter to the Prime Minister.
The Chief Minister said ,‘’I welcome the announcement of the new Central Sector Scheme PM-KISAN for augmenting the income of farmers by providing income support with 100 per cent funding by Government of India.’’
He said Odisha, approved - Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) in December last year for farmers welfare to further accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the State.
The KALIA scheme is progressive and inclusive. It covers 92 per cent of the cultivators, share croppers (actual cultivators) and landless agriculture labourers in the State.
It recognizes that livestock & fishery based activities are key drivers of economic growth in rural areas particularly for landless households as the income from wage labour alone is insufficient.
The KALIA scheme,Mr.Patnaik said also provides for financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or the livelihood activities due to various reasons.
The scheme has already been rolled out in January last and has created huge interest and response amongst the farming community of the State.
Mr Patnaik said it shall be endeavour of the state government to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme, so that no one who is eligible is left out and requested the Prime Minister to consider his request.
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