During the Budget Session President highlighted about Kisan Rail that benefited farmers across countries. President also lauds farmers Bill that led to wide spread agitation across the country since over two months.
In budget session it was highlighted: "With an aim to double farmer’s income, the government launched Kisan Rail in August last year. Equipped with frozen containers, these trains transport agricultural products like fruits and vegetables in a short period of time from one state to another. In future, these trains are expected to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, including fish, meat and milk."
The first Kisan Rail train was flagged off on August 7, 2020 between Devlali (Mah) and Danapur (Bihar). The Kisan Rail trains are run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly monitored to avoid any en-route detentions or delays. Till January 22, 157 services of Kisan Rail have been operated, transporting more than 49,000 tonnes of consignments. Kisan Rail is being monitored on a regular basis to ensure the utilization of parcel vans. The primary commodities being transported through Kisan Rail are onion, tomato, oranges, potato, pomegranate, banana, custard-apple, carrots, capsicum, and other vegetables.
According to the Railway Ministry, the commodities booked through Kisan Rail trains are charged at ‘P'-scale of parcel tariff. A subsidy of 50 per cent is being granted on the transportation of fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail. The subsidy is being granted upfront at the time of booking itself, to the consignors or farmers, so that farmers are benefitted without any delays.
So far operated on eighteen routes
‘Kisan Rail’ services are to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat and fish. This is multi-commodity, multi-consignor/consignee, multi-loading/unloading transportation product which is aimed at providing wider market to Kisan.
The primary objective of running Kisan Rail trains is to increase the income in farm sector by connecting production canters to markets and consumption centres. Railways have so far operated Kisan Rail services on eighteen routes.
These Kisan Rail trains are run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly monitored to avoid any en-route detentions and delays. These services have been introduced on 18 (eighteen) routes so far. Till 22nd Jan, 157 services of Kisan Rail have been run, transporting more than 49,000 Tonnes of consignments.