Under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’s ‘Operation Greens: TOP to TOTAL Scheme’, 50 per cent transportation subsidy is now made available for air transportation for 41 notified fruits and vegetables from Northeastern and Himalayan states to any place in India, a release from the Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MOFPI) has said.
Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier, consignor, consignee and agent by way of charging only 50 per cent of the actual contracted freight charges, and will claim the balance 50 per cent from MoFPI as subsidy. The scheme was approved and the amended scheme guidelines were notified on November 2.
In the relaxation of other conditions for Operation Greens-TOP to TOTAL Scheme for transportation through airlines from eligible airports, all consignment of notified fruits and vegetables irrespective of quantity and price would be eligible for 50 per cent freight subsidy.
The transportation subsidy was earlier extended under Operation Greens Scheme for Kisan Rail Scheme with effect from October 12. The Indian Railways charges only 50 per cent of the freight charges on the notified fruits and vegetables.
A total of 21 fruits and 20 vegetables are eligible for transport under the scheme. The list of fruits includes mango, banana, guava, kiwi, litchi, mousambi, orange, kinnow, lime, lemon, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, jackfruit, apple, almond, amla, passion fruit, pear, sweet potato and chikoo. Vegetables include french beans, bitter gourd, brinjal, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, chillies (green), okra, cucumber, peas, garlic, onion, potato, tomato, large cardamon, pumpkin, ginger, cabbage, squash and turmeric (dry).
The cargo can be transported from all the airports in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim (Bagdogra), and Tripura from Northeast, and Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh among the hill states.