Kushal Kumar Jha
50% subsidy on air transportation of fruits & vegetables from North-Eastern and the Himalayan States
The Food Processing Industries Ministry has provided a 50 percent subsidy on air transportation from North-Eastern and the Himalayan States. The Ministry said, under AtmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, Operation Greens Scheme TOP to TOTAL, 50 percent transportation subsidy is now made available for air transportation for 41 notified fruits and vegetables from North-Eastern and the Himalayan States to any place in India. Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier, consignee, or agent by way of charging only 50 percent of the actual contracted freight charges and will claim the balance 50 percent from the Ministry as a subsidy, the Ministry said. All the airports in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura from North-East, and Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh among the Hilly States are eligible under the scheme. The transportation subsidy was earlier extended under Operation Greens Scheme for Kisan Rail Scheme with effect from 12th October this year. Railways charge only 50 percent of freight charges on the notified fruits and vegetables.