The aviation ministry is waiving landing, parking and navigation charges at 21 domestic airports operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for cargo aircraft to support the Krishi Udan scheme. According to the ministry, to facilitate and incentivize the movement of agricultural products by air, AAI provides complete waiver of landing charges, parking, Terminal Navigation Landing Charges (TNLC) and Navigation Facility Charges (RNFC) for Indian cargo ships and P2C ( Passenger Carrier Aircraft cargo). Airports include Agartala, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Ranchi, Shimla and many more.
The Krishi Udan Scheme 2.0 was announced on 27 October 2021 and expands the existing provisions, particularly focusing on transportation of perishable food products from hilly areas, North Eastern states and tribal areas.
Krishi Udan Scheme is a convergence scheme in which there are eight Ministries/Departments namely Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Food Industry, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ministry of North East Development of the region (DoNER) would use its existing plans to strengthen logistics for transporting agricultural products.
According to the Parliament’s reply in the first week of August, Krishi Udan 2.0 has already covered 58 airports. All perishable commodities are covered under the Krishi Udan scheme in the country. The scheme helps farmers to transport agricultural produce to improve its value. The Krishi Udan scheme provides air transport and logistic support for perishable agricultural produce as per requirement.