Odisha govt to implement PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday said it will implement the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme for the benefit of the farmers in the state.

Agriculture secretary Saurabh Garg said a list of around 12.45 lakh first-phase beneficiaries of the state government’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme will be given to the Centre for the purpose.

Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi confirmed the central scheme will be launched in the state on February 24.

Odisha Government’s decision of implementing PM-KISAN will ensure additional financial assistance for the farmers of the state, who are already getting benefits under the KALIA scheme.

Under the Under the PM-KISAN yojana, Rs 6,000 per annum will be provided to small and marginal farmers across the country having cultivable land up to two hectares.

The first tranche of Rs 2,000 will be directly transferred into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts on February 24.