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BJD moves EC over disbursal of cash aid to Kalia beneficiaries

Bhubaneswar: The BJD on Friday sought the intervention of the Election Commission of India accusing the Odisha leader electoral officer of no longer permitting disbursement of money assistance to farmers below the state’s Kalia scheme because of force by way of BJP.
A BJD delegation, led by way of Puri MP and noted legal professional Pinaki Mishra, met leader election commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora in New Delhi and suggested him to ensure the disbursal of benefits to round 25.34 lakh farmers.

The ruling birthday party argued that the process of number of beneficiaries had begun on March 1, a lot sooner than the type code of behavior got here into drive.

“The CEO is acting below force and no longer granting permission for disbursal of money benefits below the Kalia scheme in spite of the similar being announced sooner than the elections were. We have informed the CEC about it and he has assured us of taking a look into the subject,” Pinaki instructed reporters.

The memorandum submitted to CEC said over 37 lakh farmers, sharecroppers and landless agricultural households have already been benefited below Kalia, which used to be launched on January 25. Cash assistance worth Rs 1,850 crore has been transferred to the accounts of farmers, it added.

“Though 25.34 lakh more beneficiaries, including small farmers and landless agricultural households, can be benefited with the state exchequer incurring an expenditure of Rs 1,250 crore, it's being stopped by way of the CEO as a result of a conspiracy,” BJP spokesperson Sasmit Patra, who used to be additionally a part of the delegation, said. He added that since a BJP delegation had met the CEO to forestall the Kalia scheme on March 13, the BJD sensed conspiracy and approached the CEO on March 17 to ensure its continuance.

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