|The Ministry of Railways has disbursed Rs 52.38 crore as a subsidy through the Kisan Rail Service from October 4, 2020, to June 15, 2021. The service was initiated in 2020 after it was announced in the Union Budget 2020-21.
The Kisan Rail Service has helped the government in expanding access to a nationwide market for farmers.
About Kisan Rail Service
The Indian Railways started running Kisan Rail Service to transport perishables and agri-product, including milk, meat, and fish. This is a multi-commodity, multi-consignor/consignee, multi-loading/unloading transportation product that is aimed at providing a wider market to Kisan or the farmer.
The primary objective of running trains under the Kisan Rail Service is to increase the income in the farm sector by connecting production centers to markets and consumption centers.
Connecting railways and agriculture
With the Kisan Rail Service, the government attempted to connect railways with agriculture to its advantage. The Indian Railways has been actively working with various stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture, State governments, and local bodies to roll out Kisan Rail Services.
Operating on 60 routes
The Kisan Rail Service trains have been running on 60 routes. The first Kisan Rail train was flagged off on August 7, 2020, between Devlali (Mah) and Danapur (Bihar). In January 2021, railways were operating the Kisan Rail Service on eighteen routes.
Further, the Kisan Rail trains have completed 850 trips and transported 2.7 lakh tonnes of consignment as of June 18, 2021.
Price and subsidy
The transportation of fruits and vegetables by the Kisan Rail is granted a subsidy of 50% on the tariff chargeable by the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries. The farmers get this subsidy amount immediately which is beneficial to them.
Benefit to farmers
The Kisan Rail Service has been helping farmers in several ways, from transporting their seasonal produce safely and in time to saving cost and wastage of the produce by providing storage facilities.
Increase in income:
The Kisan Rail trains run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly monitored to avoid any en-route detentions and delays.
Recently on June 19, Karnataka’s first Kisan Rail train was flagged off from Kolar to Adarsh Nagar Station, Delhi. The train carried 250 tonnes of mango grown in the Kolar region.
The Kisan Rail Service by the Indian Railways is a way forward which minimizes food wastage and puts to good use the services available in the country.