The government has launched Krishi Udan scheme, under which perishable food products will be transported from north-eastern states, hill states and tribal areas.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia while launching the scheme said that it will solve the long-standing problem of wastage of agricultural products.
Under this scheme, the Ministry of Civil Aviation will give complete waiver of charges for landing, parking, landing charges and route navigation facilities to domestic carriers.
It will set up terminals at Leh, Srinagar, Nagpur, Nashik, Ranchi Bagdogra, Raipur and Guwahati for flights carrying food items. In addition, the ministry has selected 53 airports to be covered under the scheme, which will be primarily operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Shri Scindia said that eight domestic and international trade routes would also be started under this scheme, which would include transport of perishable food items, namely Amritsar-Dubai to Baby Corn, Darbhanga and Litchi to rest of India and Sikkim and rest of India. to be launched for transportation of organic produce.
He assured that the government is committed to doubling the income of farmers and to do so requires a paradigm shift.
The government will also work towards establishing a trade route between Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata and East Asian countries for transportation of seafood.
Other routes include Agartala-Delhi-Dubai for pineapples, Dibrugarh-Delhi-Dubai for Mandarin oranges and Guwahati to Hong Kong for pulses, fruits and vegetables.
The ministry has also directed the states to reduce the sales tax on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to 1 per cent under the new scheme.