New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal on Monday, 28th December at 4:30 PM via video conferencing, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office issued on Saturday, 26th December. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion.
The multi-commodity train service will carry vegetables such as cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, drumsticks, chillies, onion, as well as fruits like grapes, oranges, pomegranate, banana, and custard apples. Loading and unloading of perishable commodities will be permitted at all en route stoppages with no bar on size of consignment. The Government of India has extended a subsidy of 50% on transportation of fruits and vegetables.
The first Kisan Rail was introduced from Devlali to Danapur on 7th August 2020, which was further extended up to Muzaffarpur. As a result of good response from the farmers, its frequency was also increased from weekly to three days a week.
Kisan Rail has been a game changer in ensuring fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation, the PMO stated, adding that it provides a seamless supply chain of perishable produce.
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