Indian Railways have operated Kisan Rail services on eighteen routes. The first Kisan Rail train was flagged off on August 7, 2020 between Devlali (Mah) and Danapur (Bihar). The Kisan Rail trains are run on time-tabled paths, and their punctuality is strictly monitored to avoid any en-route detentions or delays. Till January 22, 157 services of Kisan Rail have been operated, transporting more than 49,000 tonnes of consignments. Kisan Rail is being monitored on a regular basis to ensure the utilization of parcel vans. The primary commodities being transported through Kisan Rail are onion, tomato, oranges, potato, pomegranate, banana, custard-apple, carrots, capsicum, and other vegetables.
According to the Railway Ministry, the commodities booked through Kisan Rail trains are charged at ‘P’-scale of parcel tariff. A subsidy of 50 per cent is being granted on the transportation of fruits and vegetables through Kisan Rail. The subsidy is being granted upfront at the time of booking itself, to the consignors or farmers, so that farmers are benefitted without any delays.