100th Kisan Rail to be flagged off today from Sangola to Shalimar

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal on 28th December 2020 at 4:30 PM via video conferencing.

  • Union Ministers Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Shri Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion.
  • The multi-commodity train service will carry vegetables such as cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, drumsticks, chillies, onion, as well as fruits like grapes, oranges, pomegranate, banana, custard apple etc.
  • Loading and unloading of perishable commodities will be permitted at all enroute stoppages with no bar on size of consignment. 
  • The Government of India has extended a subsidy of 50% on transportation of fruits and vegetables.

About Kisan Rail

  • In the Union Budget 2020-21, the Minister of Finance had made an announcement ‘to build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat, and fish’.
  • It was also stated that the Indian Railways will set up a Kisan Rail.
  • The first Kisan Rail was introduced from Devlali to Danapur on 7th August, 2020, which was further extended upto Muzaffarpur.
  • As a result of good response from the farmers, its frequency was also increased from weekly to three days in a week.
  • Kisan Rail has been a game changer in ensuring fast transportation of agriculture produce across the nation.
  • It provides a seamless supply chain of perishable produce.
  • This train is a step towards realizing the goal of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022. 
  • Indian Railways aims to help double farmers’ income with the launch of Kisan Rail. 
  • This train will help in bringing perishable agricultural products like vegetables, fruits to the market in a short period of time. 

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR