‘One Station, One Product’ scheme

‘One Station, One Product’ scheme

  • Keeping in mind the wide reach and importance of railways, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a number of measures in this budget.

  • An amount of Rs 1, 40,367.13 crore has been allocated for the Ministry of Railways in the budget. Apart from this, important announcements like the introduction of new generation 400 Vande Bharat trains and ‘One Station One Product’ have also been made.

  • Railways can play an important role in promoting local products from different places. Keeping this in view the ‘One Station One Product’ scheme has been announced in the budget.

  • This will be similar to the one when the ‘One District-One Product’ scheme was introduced. Under this, stalls will be set up at railway stations across the country for the sale of specific products of that place.  With this, the railway station at which the passengers will get down will be able to easily know about the particular product there.

  • For example, Lucknow’s Chicken Suit and Malihabadi Mango are very famous, so in such a situation, stalls of these products can be set up at big stations like Charbagh, Lucknow Junction, Aishbagh of Lucknow.

  • This will bring opportunities in both the promotion and employment of the product here. Trains will also provide facility to send these products from one place to another.

  • The detailed information of this scheme will be available only after the Pink Book comes about it. However, in his budget speech, the Finance Minister said that under this scheme, Railways will develop efficient logistics for small farmers and enterprises.

  • Each railway station can be seen as a promotional center for a local product. It will help develop more efficient logistics for farmers and agri-enterprises and offer unique regional products to a wider audience, i.e. railway passengers passing through the stations.

  • It aims to improve the supply chain of local produce by using railways.

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