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New Delhi : Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Ashwini Vaishnaw, Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister flagged off the 1,000th trip of Kisan Rail on Central Railway from Savda, Maharashtra, to Adarsh Nagar, Delhi, through weblink on February 3, 2022. The train from Savda to Adarsh Nagar Delhi had 23 coaches in which 453 tons of banana were transported.

Addressing the gathering,Tomar said that our country is agriculture oriented and under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi implemented a number of initiatives for betterment of farmers. He also said transportation of perishables such as fruits and vegetables to markets at distant places at reasonable cost to get better price through Kisan Rail was one such scheme.  Tomar also said that he was happy to be present on this occasion of flagging off of 1,000th trip of Kisan Rail on Central Railway as he was present on the occasion of flagging off of 1st Kisan Rail and 100th Kisan Rail at the hands of the Prime Minister, according to a PIB release.

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the Prime Minister always keeps the farmers at center of focus and initiated various steps for the betterment of farmers. Kisan Rail is one such initiative which allows farmers to transport their agriculture produce to distant market places economically and quickly. He also mentioned about the banana of Jalgaon which has got GI-Tag. He further congratulated the farmers of Jalgaon and appealed them to come forward with suggestions, if any, for further improvement.

Raosaheb Dadarao Patil Danve, Minister of State for Railways, Coal and Mines, Government of India,and Raksha Khadse, Member of Parliament, also appreciated the initiatives taken by Railways towards betterment of farmers.  Chandrakant Patil and  Shirish Chaudhari, MLAs, were present at Savda railway station on the occasion.

V K Tripathi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Railway Board, welcomed the gathering and briefed about the running of Kisan Rail since its inception and how it is gathering popularity amongst the small farmers. Anil Kumar Lahoti, General Manager, Central Railway, presented the vote of thanks from Mumbai.