Krishi UDAN 2.0 Launched By Civil Aviation Minister
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♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ This online platform would be formed under Krishi Udan 2.0 scheme for supporting information distribution to stakeholders concerning the transportation of agricultural produce.