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Govt Provide 50% Subsidy for Air Transportation of Fruits, Vegetables from NE, Himalayan states

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Govt gives 50 pc subsidy for air transportation of fruitsAs a part of “Operation Green Scheme TOP to TOTAL”, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has announced a 50% air transportation subsidy for 41 notified fruits and vegetables from North East and Himalayan states to any place in the country.

  • In this regard, Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier/ consignor/ consignee/ agent by charging only 50% of the freight charges and will claim the balance 50% from MoFPI as subsidy.
  • Apart from above relaxation, all consignment of notified fruits and vegetables irrespective of quantity and price would be eligible for 50% freight subsidy for air transportation from eligible airports.

List of notified 21 fruits and 20 vegetables eligible for air transportation subsidy:

Fruits: Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mousambi, Orange, Kinnow, Lime, Lemon, Papaya, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit, Apple, Almond, Aonla, Passion fruit, Pear, Sweet Potato and Chikoo

Vegetables: French beans, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies (Green), Okra, Cucumber, Peas, Garlic, Onion, Potato, Tomato, Large Cardamom, Pumpkin, Ginger, Cabbage, Squash and Turmeric (dry) are also eligible.

Airports under air transportation subsidy:

The air transportation of above mentioned commodities is allowed from 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 and Kashmir and Ladakh among the hilly states.

Earlier, the transportation subsidy was extended under Operation Greens Scheme for Kisan Rail Scheme with effect from October 12, 2020.

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ii.On October 15, 2020 Indian Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Housing andUrban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) at New Delhi, to pay subsidy to street vendors under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme.

About Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI):

Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar

Minister of State (MoS)– Rameswar Teli

About Operation Green Scheme TOP to TOTAL:

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has recently extended the Operation Greens Scheme from Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) to all fruits & vegetables (TOTAL) for a period of six months on pilot basis as part of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

Operation Green- Operation Greens was announced in the budget 2018-19 on the line of “Operation Flood”. It has an outlay of Rs.500 crore and it aims to promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.