India, Dec. 8 -- The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha has decided to converge its farmer assistance project Kalia with PM-Kisan scheme to minimize the impact on the state's fiscal health even as opposition parties said the scheme was only meant to win the Assembly polls in April this year.

The new notification issued by Agriculture and Farmers' Empowerment department said that as the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme is "gaining wide adaptability day by day among the farming community, the scheme will be extended till the PM-Kisan scheme continues".

"Operational guidelines of both the schemes were examined and it was decided that all the eligible farmers will get assistance from PM-Kisan in 2019...