Bhubaneswar: Farmers can now call a helpline to get more information on the state government’s KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme. They can also register their grievances by calling 1800-572-1122.
Farmers can ask questions like how to process their application for inclusion in the KALIA scheme, where the forms will be available and where to put their filled-in forms etc. They can also seek assistance if they have doubts while filling up the forms. If the farmer’s name does not figure in the draft beneficiary list in display at the Gram Panchayat Office, he/she can apply using the “Green Form” available there. The form is available free of cost.
Similarly, a farmer, who is not eligible for the scheme can also apply for deletion of his/her name using a “Red Form”, which is also free. The state government has also advised farmers not to take any help from middlemen.
The Helpline is open from 7 am till 9 pm.
The scheme was launched by the state government with an objective to accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty across Odisha. The state government has also urged all the small and marginal farmers, cultivators, vulnerable agriculture households and landless agriculture labourers to visit the office of every gram panchayat and join KALIA Scheme as per the eligibility criteria.