The union agriculture ministry has started an All India Agri Transport Call Centre to address the transportation issues being faced, especially in inter-state movement of both perishable and non-perishable agricultural commodities.
Truck drivers, traders, retailers, transporters or any other stakeholders who are facing problems in inter-state movement of perishables- vegetables and Fruits, and agri products- seeds, pesticides and fertiliser, etc. may seek help by calling at 1800-180-4200 and 14488. Both numbers are accessible from any cellular or landline phone.
The call centre executives will forward the vehicle and consignment details along-with the help needed to concerned state government officials for resolution of the issues.
The centre had received several complaints from the industry that trucks were being stopped by the police at borders due to non-clarity of exemption rules at the ground level.
The move to start an all-India level call centre will help facilitate smooth movement of agriculture commodities to mandis and industries engaged in manufacturing essential items, which are exempted from the lockdown rule.