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Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya releases Krishi UDAN 2.0

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Krishi UDAN 2.0

Krishi UDAN 2.0: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) recently launched “Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme.

Key highlights:

  • The Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme launched by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya lays out the vision of improving value realization through better integration and optimization of Agri-harvesting and air transportation.
  • The scheme proposes to facilitate and incentivize the movement of Agri-produce by air transportation.

Aim of the scheme:

  • This scheme is aimed at opening up new avenues of growth for the agriculture sector and helps attain the goal of doubling farmers’ income by removing barriers in supply chain, logistics and transportation of farm produce.

Key points about Krishi Udan 2.0:

  • Krishi UDAN 2.0 is an example of the government’s collaborative approach towards policymaking.
  • This scheme will open up new avenues of growth for the agriculture sector and help attain the goal of doubling farmers’ income by removing barriers in the supply chain, logistics and transportation of farm produce.
  • Under Krishi UDAN 2.0 the Central Government will provide a full waiver of landing, parking, Terminal Navigation and Landing Charges and Route Navigation Facilities Charges for domestic airlines.
  • Full waiver of airport charges would be granted at select airports even if the agricultural cargo is less than 50 per cent of the total chargeable weight carried.
  • Centre will also facilitate the development of hub and spoke model in India.
  • It will create cargo terminals at the airports in a phase-wise manner.
  • Furthermore, the government will encourage states to reduce sales tax to one per cent on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which is used in freighter aircraft and passenger aircraft for transporting cargo.

Cargo terminals:

  • Under this scheme, the Government will setup terminals in Leh, Srinagar, Nagpur, Nashik, Ranchi Bagdogra, Raipur and Guwahati by 2022.
  • It has selected 53 airports to be covered under the scheme which will be majorly operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
  • In between 2022-23, cargo terminals will be established at airports in Ahmedabad, Jharsuguda, Bhavnagar, Mysore, Kozhikode, Rajkot, Puducherry, and Vijayawada.
  • In 2023-24, Agra, Darbhanga, Gaya, Gwalior, Pakyong, Pantnagar, Shillong, Shimla, Udaipur and Vadodara.
  • In 2024-25, Holangi and Salem will be covered.

Along with this 8 domestic and international trade routes will also be started under the scheme. The routes include Amritsar-Dubai to transport baby corn, Darbhanga and the rest of India to transport Lychees and Sikkim, and the rest of India for organic produce.

e-Kushal platform:

The ministry will also develop an online portal E-KUSHAL to facilitate information on Krishi UDAN 2.0.

Krishi Udan Scheme:

Krishi Udan Scheme was launched by the Central Government in September 2020.
Under the scheme, the government 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% of the total chargeable weight carried.

Background:

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had first announced the scheme during her Budget speech on February 1, 2020.
  • It aims to transport agri-products to national as well international destinations that will help improve value realisation, especially in the Northeast and tribal districts.

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