Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday flagged off the 100th run of Kisan Rail in Maharashtra and said the move is a huge step toward empowering farmers of the country. The 100th run of the Kisan Rail used to be flagged off from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal practically. Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal were also present at the event.
Currently, of only a handful of trains plying across the India connecting states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Nagpur, there are nine Kisan Rail running on nine routes.
“I congratulate crores of farmers of the country. Despite Covid-19 challenge Kisan Rail network has expanded in the final four months,” PM Modi said, adding that Kisan Rail is a huge step towards empowering farmers and increasing their income.
The Prime Minister also said that farmers and farming of each region of the country are being connected by Kisan Rail. “More than 80 per cent of the small and marginal farmers of the country have got great power through Kisan Rail,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said there is not any minimum quantum for farmers as a farmer can also send a parcel of 50-100 kg. “The farmer used to spend so much on rent for transporting his crop to distant markets. In view of this problem, three years ago our government gave 50% subsidy on transportation of tomatoes, onions and potatoes,” PM Modi said all through the launch.
Stating that more than 6,000 projects have been approved under mega food parks, bloodless chain infrastructure, agro-processing cluster under the PM Krishi Sampada Yojana, the Prime Minister said Rs 10,000 crore have been sanctioned for micro food processing industries under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package.[ad_2]