The Centre on Wednesday introduced a scheme below which 50 per cent subsidy can be supplied for air transportation of 41 notified fruits and vegetables from North East and Himalayan states to anyplace within the nation. Union Food Processing Industries Ministry mentioned the transportation subsidy can be supplied as half of the ‘Operation Green Scheme TOP to TOTAL’.
“Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier/ consignor/ consignee/ agent by way of charging only 50 per cent of the actual contracted freight charges and will claim the balance 50 per cent from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries as subsidy,” it mentioned in an announcement.
‘The amended scheme pointers had been notified on November 2, it mentioned.
In leisure of different situations below the ‘Operation Greens scheme’ for air transportation from eligible airports, all consignment of notified fruits and vegetables irrespective of amount and worth could be eligible for 50 per cent freight subsidy, it added.
Twenty one 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 — are eligible for air transportation subsidy.
That aside, 20 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 additionally eligible.
The air transportation of these commodities is allowed from all of 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 many hilly states, the assertion added.
Earlier, the transportation subsidy was prolonged below Operation Greens Scheme for Kisan Rail Scheme with impact from October 12.
Railways cost solely 50 per cent of freight expenses on the notified fruits and vegetables.