New Delhi, December 8 (SocialNews.XYZ) Union Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Wednesday that Kisan rails had become a boon to small farmers during the pandemic and even after it.
Talavi Rangaiah of the YSR Congress says this service is a “game changer” for small and farmers who produce fruits and vegetables.
Responding to a question during Question Time at Lok Sabha, the Minister of Railways also informed that to date, 1,642 Kisan Rails were in operation and that by inserting the sleeping cars into these rails, the damage caused to the goods were considerably less.
The minister also said that the cost of transport via Kisan Rail is always cheaper than the truck. He also said that these are freight trains, therefore, farmers are not allowed to travel on these trains.
Responding to a question from BJP member Sanghmitra Maurya to initiate a Kisan rail from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, Viashnaw further said that if the reservation of goods arrived in bulk, the ministry would certainly consider the proposal to start a new Kisan rail from there.
He also informed the House that for perishable goods like vegetables and fruits, air-conditioned containers are used. And the government also provides a 50 percent freight subsidy for perishable items. The minister also said that for the transport of milk, special tankers are used.
The provision of Kisan Rail was announced in the Union budget for 2020-2021 and was launched for perishable goods in September of this year. Kisan Rail transformed smaller stations into large loading centers for agricultural products and enriched small farmers and marginal farmers due to stops at small stations. Smaller stations like Sangola, Jeur, Rahuri, Kopargaon, Yeola, Niphad have become major fruit and vegetable loading centers.
Indian Railways operate Kisan Rail’s rail services, to transport perishable foodstuffs and agricultural products, including milk, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Major crops or agricultural products transported via the Kisan Rail train include oranges, onions, potatoes, bananas, mangoes, tomatoes, pomegranates, creamed apples, peppers, chikoo, carrots from small villages to big cities and farmers now get a better price compared to the local sale.