The Northeast Frontier Railway had a meeting on 2nd March, 2022 with District Administration of Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh at Yupia on various issues to promote economic development. The meeting was organised in continuance to the meeting between the General Manager of N. F. Railway and Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh. From the Railway side, Shri Ashok Kumar Dey, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager and Shri Techi Kumar, Assistant Operations Manager (Goods) of Rangiya division attended the meeting. N. F. Railway also held a meeting with the District Administration of North Garo Hills of Meghalaya on 28th February, 2022 where Shri R.P. Marak, Deputy Commissioner of North Garo Hills district and Shri Ashok Kumar Dey, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of Rangiya division along with other officials were present. Officials from District Administrations along with representatives of other stake holders were also present. N. F. Railway highlighted various activities and facilities that are being made available by the Indian Railways for the improvement of the economy by providing cheaper mode of transportation through railways.
In a bid to sale local farm produces, N. F. Railway plans to open a fresh vegetable and fruit outlet namely ‘Arunachal Fresh’ at Naharlagun station. Proposal for construction of alternative goods shed at Naharlagun and feasibility for transportation of automobile traffic and other commodities and their benefit were thoroughly discussed. N. F. Railway informed the state govt. officials about Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), an outsourcing scheme of the Indian Railways where local people/entrepreneurs will get a chance to set up sale counter as an Authorised Ticketing Agent to sell railway tickets. Setting up of such YTSKs at Naharlagun and Mendipather is under process. Setting up of stall to promote handloom product, catering unit, multi-purpose stall, parking facilities were also discussed during the meetings.
Introduction of Vistadome service from Mendipathar to Guwahati to attract tourists, beautification of Nolbari railway station to a mini park were also discussed. During the interaction, benefits of transportation of goods through Kisan Rail for the benefit of farmers were discussed. N. F. Railway informed that farmers can transport their agricultural produce directly to all part of the country through Kisan Rail. 50% subsidy is being provided on transportation of fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail. It was also informed that Railways is providing various incentive & subsidy related schemes to make parcel business more customer-friendly.
N. F. Railway is making all out efforts to remove the transport bottlenecks for improvement business and economic condition of farmers and provide better facilities to its customers.