The Odisha authorities has found that 2.66 lakh recipients of assistance below its Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme should not eligible for the profit, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo mentioned on Thursday.
The authorities will take a name on the method to retrieve the cash from the ineligible beneficiaries after August 31, when the scrutiny is full.
Speaking to the media, Sahoo mentioned, “This (KALIA) is a large scheme. It was seen that there are some beneficiaries who have been found to be ineligible. Exclusion criteria were created. On that basis, nodal officers were placed at the GP, block and district level. After scrutiny of more than 72 per cent recipients of KALIA assistance, which is around 36.88 lakh (beneficiaries), 2.66 lakh have been found ineligible,” he mentioned.
“The scrutiny process will continue till August 31. When the list is completed, we will let you know the final number,” he added. “At the GP level, the nodal officers undertaking this scrutiny have been advised not to let a single eligible beneficiary be left behind.”
According to the KALIA web site, beneficiaries embrace small and marginal farmers who can get help for cultivation. Landless agricultural households are eligible for livelihood help, and susceptible agricultural family masking susceptible cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers are eligible for monetary assistance. Vulnerable cultivators/ landless agricultural labourers embrace these affected by previous age, incapacity, illness.
Exclusion standards typically neglected
Ineligible beneficiaries crept in by means of varied sources, agriculture division officers mentioned, requesting anonymity. In some instances, a number of members of the identical family have utilized for KALIA. Others have claimed the profit with out checking exclusion standards on the KALIA web site.
Small and marginal farmers are offered Rs 10,000 per household per yr as assistance for cultivation. KALIA targets 10 lakh landless households, particularly SC and ST households. They are supported with a unit value of Rs 12,500 for actions like goat rearing, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, poultry farming and fishery.
The web site additionally mentions classes which can be ineligible, corresponding to staff of authorities or public sector items and earnings tax payee farmers. According to the KALIA web site, an ineligible beneficiary can inform the federal government voluntarily by contacting the Gram Panchayat Nodal Officer (GPNO) to replenish the shape for exclusion of his or her title, or submit the refund kind for the quantity obtained to a prescribed checking account.
An individual aside from an ineligible beneficiary also can submit an ‘objection form’ within the title of the ineligible beneficiary, to both the GPNO or immediately on the KALIA internet portal.
The opposition BJP alleged that ineligible beneficiaries got here in as a result of the ruling BJD disbursed funds to its supporters forward of the latest Lok Sabha elections.