Aims and Objectives of the Krishi Udaan Scheme

Aims and Objectives of the Krishi Udaan Scheme 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CIVIL AVIATION

Rajya Sabha 

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. : 1782
TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 10th March 2021 

KRISHI UDAN SCHEME

1782.    SHRI PRABHAKAR REDDY VEMIREDDY

Will the Minister of CIVIL AVIATION be pleased to state:-

(a) the aims and objectives of Krishi Udan scheme;

(b) how the above scheme is different from Operation Greens;

(c) whether the Ministry is considering to extend freight subsidy of 50 per cent to all States;

(d) if not, the reasons therefor; and

(e) whether there are any plans to add more items to the present 22 items under Operation Greens and if so, the details thereof?

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ANSWER
Minister of State (IC) in the Ministry  of  CIVIL  AVIATION 

(Shri Hardeep Singh Puri)

(a): The aims and objectives of the Krishi Udaan Scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation are to help improve value realization especially in North-East and tribal districts through improved supply chain competitiveness along with more air connectivity between origin-destination airports at affordable rates on international and national routes. The Scheme envisages resources-pooling through convergences between different schemes administered by various Central Ministries / Departments and those of State Governments through incentives and concessions for enhancing the air transportation of agri-produce.
KRISHI UDAN SCHEME
(b) to (d): Operation Greens is a scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries introduced in the Union Budget 2018-19. With an outlay of Rs. 500 crore, it aims for integrated development of value chains for Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) through promotion of Farmer Producers' Organizations, agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management. It envisages targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their links/ connections with the market. The scope of Operations Greens has been extended on 10 June 2020 from TOP to TOTAL (Tomato, Onion and Potato to all fruits & vegetables) as a part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, inter alia, for providing 50% subsidy for road transportation from surplus production areas to consumption centers and storage subject to  certain conditions and triggers.

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Guidelines for Operation Greens were amended in November 2020 with extension of transportation and storage subsidy of 50% for movement of notified fruits and vegetables from the North Eastern Region (NER) and Himalayan Region States. Thus, the amendment of these Guidelines to evolve a simplified and operable domestic air transport and storage subsidy is in conformance with the requirement under the Krishi Udaan Scheme for achieving convergences between schemes. (e): As per the Union Budget 2021-22 announcement, the scope of Operation Greens Scheme is enlarged from Tomato, Onion and Potato to 22 perishable products.

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