Odisha Balaram Scheme

Farmers face a lot of financial issues simply because a good yield offers them a good income and a good yield primarily relies on good climatic conditions; which hasn’t been all that favourable lately. 

Unfavourable climatic conditions affect a farmer’s yield, making it difficult to extract even their basic sustenance from what they earn. To assist poor farmers who have it very difficult owing to irregular yields, the authorities in Odisha have launched the Odisha Balaram Yojana. 

About the scheme

The Odisha Government launched the Balaram Yojana to basically offer financial assistance to the farmers. It gives a collective rural credit of ₹1,040 crore to landless ranchers who are currently jobless due to the pandemic situation. 

There are roughly around seven lakh cultivators who not only find it difficult to make it month to month with their meagre earnings due to irregular weathers but now the whole pandemic situation has made their personal finances plunge from bad to worse. 

Objective of the scheme

The primary objective of the scheme is to provide financial help by issuing a loan of up to ₹1.6 lakh to each JLG of the farmers who are currently facing issues due to the pandemic. 


In order to benefit from the scheme, the applicant must be:

  • A resident of Odisha state
  • A farmer by profession
  • Must not own any land to his/her own name

In conclusion

The main aim of state governments these days is to basically allow those struggling under the Poverty line. Marginalized groups generally find it difficult to make through, and in the current situation, even more so. The Odisha government has extended help through this scheme, which stands to be a commendable effort. 

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The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.