The PM says that this will also help in increasing the income of farmers.
PM Modi flags off 100th ‘Kisan Rail’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Narendra Modi) on Monday left the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola, Maharashtra to Shalimar, West Bengal. PM Modi gave the green signal through video conferencing. The PM assured that his government is taking historical decisions to strengthen the farmers and agriculture sector. Their aim is to bring policies through which the effect of agricultural reforms can be seen and they should be transparent.
PM Modi said that the central government is working towards strengthening the farmers and agriculture sector with full dedication and strength. This statement from PM Modi has come at a time when the farmers’ organizations are opposing the three agricultural laws passed by the central government and are demanding the withdrawal of the law. The PM did not mention the agricultural laws on Monday, but said that these reforms are in the interest of the farmers and opposition parties are confusing the farmers.
PM said that Kisan Rail is a facility started by his government, which helps small and marginal farmers to take their produce to distant markets. The number of small and marginal farmers in the country is 80 percent. The PM says that this will also help in increasing the income of farmers.
What is Kisan Rail?
Kisan Rail is a special parson train. It is used to carry grains, fruits and vegetables. In the Budget 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Kisan Rail. It is a rail service run on PPP model, which will deliver the produce, fruits and vegetables grown by farmers directly to the mandi. In this, there is a provision of giving 50 percent subsidy to farmers in freight. That is, the cost of transporting their produce to the mandis will be reduced for the farmers. At the same time, time will also be saved. Fresh fruits and vegetables will reach the mandis in a short time.
On August 7, the first farmer train left from Devlali in Nashik district of Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar. Kisan Rail is a kind of cold storage running on the railway line. In fact, to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, Kisan Rail has been made fully air-conditioned. Due to this, there will be safe transportation of perishable agricultural products, while there will be less fare. This will encourage farmers to increase the production of milk and fruits and vegetables.