Kohima, November 12 (NEx): To ensure the welfare of the farmers, Central Government has provided 50% transportation subsidy on air transportation of 41 notified fruits and vegetables from Nagaland and other North-Eastern States and Himalayan States to any place in India, under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Operation Greens Scheme TOP to TOTAL.
The Ministry Of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) notified that Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier/consignor/consignee/ agent by way of charging only 50% of the actual contracted freight charges and will claim the balance 50% from MoFPI as subsidy. The scheme was approved on November 02, 2020.
In 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% freight subsidy.
The transportation subsidy was earlier extended under Operation Greens Scheme for Kisan Rail Scheme with effect from October 12, 2020. Railways charge only 50% of freight charges on the notified fruits and vegetables.
As notified by MOFPI, the Eligible Crops includes 21 fruits and 20 vegetable,which are–
Fruits (21) – Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mousambi, Orange, Kinnow, Lime, Lemon, Papaya, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit, Apple, Almond, Aonla, Passion fruit, Pear, Sweet Potato, Chikoo;
Vegetables (20): – 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).
All the airports in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim (Bagdogra), and Tripura from North-East, and Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh among the Hilly States are eligible for this subsidy, MOFPI notified.
(With input from PIB)