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Budget disappointing, 'PM-KISAN' won't help distressed farmers: Odisha CM

Reacting to Interim Budget 2019, CM Naveen Patnaik also expressed his disappointment with the National Social Security Scheme

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Naveen Patnaik  |  Kalia Scheme  |  Interim Budget 2019

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. File photo

Odisha Chief Minister said the Interim Budget for 2019-20 was deeply disappointing in some aspects, rating the pre-election Budget 2.5 on a scale of 10.

Though Patnaik hailed the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN), he felt the budgetary announcement did not better his government's KALIA, or Krushak Assistance for Livelihoods & Income Augmentation, scheme.

"I welcome the direct benefit transfer proposed for small and marginal farmers on lines of our . However, it would have benefited the farmers more if the quantum of assistance was equal or more than our KALIA scheme, which is Rs 10,000 per year. Also, there is nothing for landless poor, sharecroppers and farmers in distress," the chief minister said in his reaction to the Interim Budget.  
 

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First Published: Fri, February 01 2019. 21:53 IST