Budget 2020: Aviation Ministry to launch Krishi Udan scheme for transport of agri-products, says FM Sitharaman

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February 1, 2020 5:30 PM

Budget 2020 India: The Modi government had launched Udan Scheme in 2016 to improve regional connectivity.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman presented Budget 2020Budget 2020-21: The Modi government had launched Udan Scheme in 2016 to improve regional connectivity.

Union Budget 2020 India: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the Aviation Ministry will launch the Krishi Udan scheme to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products so that it improves their “value realisation”.

“Krishi Udan will be launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on international and national routes. This will immensely help improve value realisation (on agricultural products), especially in the north-east and tribal districts,” said Sitharaman during her budget speech.

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The Modi government had launched Udan Scheme in 2016 to improve regional connectivity. Under the scheme, financial incentives in terms of concessions from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and undeserved airports, and keep airfares affordable.

As at least half of the seats in Udan flights are offered at subsidised fares, and the participating carriers are provided a certain amount of viability gap funding (VGF) — an amount shared between the Centre and the state concerned.

In Udan 4.0, the VGF has been enhanced for aircraft having more than 20 seats and that would operate in priority areas — Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, northeastern states, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.

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