The Indian government has agreed to provide a 50 per cent subsidy on transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail trains. This will take place under a scheme titled 'Operation Greens - TOP to Total', from production clusters to consumption centres.
In May, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) had extended the Operation Greens Scheme for a period of six months on a pilot basis as part of the government's Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
Farmers, retailers, cooperative societies, state and cooperative marketing agencies can appeal to this subsidy scheme until December 11. The notified fruits include mango, banana, guava, papaya, citrus, pineapple and pomegranate and the list of vegetables include onion, potato, tomato, French beans, brinjal, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower and okra.
Zonal railways have been asked to extend a subsidy of 50% on transportation of notified fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail trains with immediate effect. Also, It will the duty of chief parcel supervisor of the loading station to ensure that only the selected items are extended the benefits of this scheme. Further, the subsidy will be borne by the MoFPI, which is implementing the Operation Greens project under the AtmaNirbhar (self-reliant) initiative.