Krishi UDAN 2.0 Launched By Civil Aviation Minister

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29 October 2021 Current Affairs:The Civil Aviation Ministry launched the “Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme” on 27 October.

♦ Under the “Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme”, cargo-related support will be built in airports of hilly, tribal, and northeast regions.
♦ Such infrastructure will help in supporting farmers in moving agricultural products.
♦ The scheme has been started to channel the immense potential of Indian agriculture with the logistical help of civil aviation to accomplish the goal of doubling farmers’ income. 
♦ It will also help in relieving the wastage of farm produce and enhance its value.

Krishi Udan 
♦ The central government launched the Krishi Udan scheme in September 2020. 
♦ The airport charges like parking charges & terminal navigation landing charges are dismissed. 
♦ Charges are dismissed if the agricultural cargo is more than 50 per cent of the total chargeable weight carried.

Krishi Udan 2.0
♦ Under Krishi Udan 2.0, the central government has planned for granting a complete waiver of airport charges at select airports. 
♦ The Centre will facilitate the development of the hub and spoke model across India.
♦ The government will also build cargo terminals at the airports in a phase-wise manner. 
♦ The government encourages states to reduce the sales tax to one per cent on aviation turbine fuel, which is used in freighter aircraft and passenger aircraft for transporting cargo.

Cargo terminals
♦ Under the scheme, cargo terminals will be established at  Agartala, Dibrugarh, Srinagar, Hubbali, Dimapur, Jorhat, Imphal, Silchar, Lilabari, Lucknow, Tirupati, Tezpur, Tirupati and Tuticorin by 2022.
♦ Between 2022-23, cargo terminals will be built at Ahmedabad, Jharsuguda, Bhavnagar, Mysore, Kozhikode, Rajkot, Puducherry, and Vijayawada airports.

e-Kushal platform
♦ This online platform would be formed under Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme for supporting information distribution to stakeholders concerning the transportation of agricultural produce.

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