Southern Railway to launch One Station One Product (OSOP) Scheme on full scale basis after successful completion of pilot phase

Southern Railway implemented One Station O­ne Product Scheme in 94 stations across its six divisions as part of pilot phase post introduction of the scheme in the Finance Budget 2022-23.

More Details:

  • The pilot phase of the scheme had concluded o­n 09-03-2023 and the scheme is to be launched o­n full scale basis expanding it to a total of 483 stations – with 133 stations in Chennai division, 95 in Madurai Division, 93 in Tiruchchirappalli division and 65, 56 and 41 in the divisions of Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Salem respectively.
  • All the six divisions have invited Expression of interests from the interested parties for full scale implementation.

Pilot Phase:

  • As part of pilot phase through operation of o­ne station o­ne product outlets in 94 stations, a total sale of Rs 7.64 crores have been registered by local artisans, weavers craftsmen and members of Self-help groups who operated these outlets.
  • The total number of products that were part of this pilot phase falls were about 350 falling under wide categories such agricultural products, dairy, food items, handicrafts, handloom, textiles, tribal products and homemade products, etc.
  • Some of the popular products are Kanchipuram silk saree, Ranipet leather products, Thirubhuvanam sarees, Thanjavur paintings, etc.,

Full scale Proliferation:

  • After successful implementation of OSOP scheme now, Southern Railway aims to launch the scheme o­n a full scale basis in about 483 stations. During this phase, the OSOP fixed outlets will be set up based o­n the design made by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

One Station O­ne Product Scheme:

  • One Station O­ne Product – OSOP scheme was announced by the Hon’ble Finance Minister in the budget 2022-23. It is a scheme envisaged to popularise and encourage local business and supply chain.
  • This scheme aims to provide a ‘Vocal for Local’ vision of Government of India and provide a market for the local/indigenous products.
  • Also the scheme provides opportunity to railway passengers to experience the rich heritage of India besides creating additional income opportunities for the marginalised sections of the society, i.e., individuals at the bottom of the pyramid.

Source: Southern Railway- Press Release | Image Credit (representational): Southern Railway