Centre Allows 50% Air Transport Subsidy for Fruits, Veggies from Northeast
The Centre on Wednesday, November 11, announced a scheme under which 50 percent subsidy will be provided for air transportation of 41 notified fruits and vegetables from North East and Himalayan states to any place in the country. Union Food Processing Industries Ministry said the transportation subsidy will be provided as part of the 'Operation Green Scheme TOP to TOTAL'.
"Airlines will provide the transport subsidy directly to the supplier/ consignor/ consigne
e/ agent by way of charging only 50 percent of the actual contracted freight charges and will claim the balance 50 percent from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries as subsidy," the ministry said in a statement.
In the relaxation of other conditions under the 'Operation Greens scheme' for air transportation from eligible airports, all consignment of notified fruits and vegetables irrespective of quantity and price would be eligible for 50 percent freight subsidy, it added.
Twenty-one fruits - Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Litchi, Mousambi, Orange, Kinnow, Lime, Lemon, Papaya, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit, Apple, Almond, Aonla, Passion fruit, Pear, Sweet Potato and Chikoo - are eligible for air transportation subsidy.
Further, 20 vegetables - French beans, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies (Green), Okra, Cucumber, Peas, Garlic, Onion, Potato, Tomato, Large Cardamom, Pumpkin, Ginger, Cabbage, Squash and Turmeric (dry) - are also eligible.
The air transportation of these commodities is allowed from all the airports in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim (Bagdogra), and Tripura from North-East, and Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh among the hilly states.
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