Committee formed for the implementation of Kisan Rail Scheme

The Government of India recently formed a committee in order to make suggestions on Kisan Rail Scheme. The scheme was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman in the Union Budget 2020-21.

Highlights

The Committee has been formed with representatives from Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Railways. The Committee will explore into the options of creating cold supply chain for perishable goods. The perishable goods under the scheme are to be transported through freight trains with refrigerated coaches.

Kisan Rail

The Kisan Rail is being launched by the GoI to set up national cold supply chain in the country. The Centre is planning to transport fish, milk and meat under the scheme. The scheme is to be implemented under Public-Private Partnership.

Significance

Today there are only 9 refrigerated vans carrying 17 tonnes. Though Kisan Vision Project has been implemented, there are no sufficient infrastructure and provisions to make it a success. So far under Kisan Vision Project, cargo centres have been set up in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

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