In a major move, the Navin Patnaik Government of Odisha has announced a 17,000 Crore ‘Special Livelihoon Intervention Plan’ to provide livelihood support in rural areas during the pandemic.
Talking about the same, the Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy told that the government is planning to increase the income opportunities in rural areas besides the 17,000 Crore plan to be spent in the current financial year. This is supposed to come through critical interventions in various sectors like fisheries, agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, handloom etc.
As per the chief secretary a provision of 200 Crore has been made for agriculture in which 24.56 lakh farmers will be benefitted, whereas 173.70 Crores has been allotted to fisheries and animal husbandary.
A sum of 9,000 Crore is also to be provided to farmers as Kharif Loans by Cooperative department which will benefit around 20 lakh farmers.