Airports in the north-east, hilly and tribal regions will get cargo-related infrastructure to assist farmers in transporting agriculture products, under the Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme, launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday.
The Krishi Udan scheme, which was launched last year in September, waived airport charges such as parking charges and terminal navigational landing charges on select Indian airports for air cargo operators if the agricultural cargo is over 50 per cent of the total chargeable weight carried.
Now under Krishi Udan 2.0, the centre has given full waiver of airport charges at select airports even if the agricultural cargo is less than 50 per cent of the total chargeable weight carried.
Further, the centre also announced facilitating the development of hub and spoke model in India and create cargo terminals at the airports in a phase-wise manner.
Under the scheme, cargo terminals will be established at the airports in Agartala, Srinagar, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Hubbali, Imphal, Jorhat, Lilabari, Lucknow, Silchar, Tezpur, Tirupati and Tuticorin within 2021-22.
In 2022-23, the cargo terminals will be established at airports in Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Jharsuguda, Kozhikode, Mysore, Puducherry, Rajkot and Vijayawada to assist transportation of agriculture produce, the Centre mentioned.
In another step under Krishi Udan 2.0, the government would also encourage states to reduce sales tax to one per cent on aviation turbine fuel that is used in freighter aircraft and passenger aircraft that are being used to just transport cargo.
Moreover, to provide freight forwarders, airlines and other stakeholders with incentives and concessions to carry more agriculture products, the civil aviation ministry will collaborate with various government departments and regulatory bodies.
“The scheme aims to channelise the immense potential of Indian agriculture with the logistical help of civil aviation towards the goal of doubling farmers” income and making them self-reliant. The comprehensive policy programme will also help alleviate wastage of farm produce, increase value of farm produce and link them to global markets, thereby making Indian agriculture more sustainable and profitable,”Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia while launching Krishi Udan 2.0
To facilitate information dissemination to all stakeholders regarding transportation of agriculture produce an online platform called e-Kushal will also be developed under Krishi Udan 2.0.