As part of the government of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat project, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has started a ‘one station, one product’ scheme across its five divisions.
NFR Scheme in 5 division
Meanwhile, traditional headgear, native galeys worn by tribal women, and tribal men’s coats are stored at the Naharlagun railway station as part of the initiative to promote Arunachal Pradesh’s traditional clothes.
Moreover, a stall featuring native Assamese gamocha has been set up at the Guwahati station to display and promote Assam’s rich cultural heritage.
Further, locally created appealing jute and timber objects are also being promoted at the Alipurduar junction station.
At the Darjeeling station of the Katihar division, the world-famous Darjeeling tea (which is a GI labeled product) is being promoted, enriched with its unique aroma.
The New Tinsukia station keeps the famous Assam tea to promote the exquisite variety of this flavorful product.
In this year’s union budget, the concept of a “one station, one product” policy was announced.
However, the policy intends to promote a local product from each Indian Railways stop by turning that area’s train station into a promotional and sales hub for local items.
The railways would support this project by providing infrastructure and other support for the sale of products at stations, encouraging local artists to showcase indigenous products and crafts.
However, the program is now being implemented at five NFR stations.
Furthermore, Chief Minister Pema Khandu launched a handloom and textile center at the Naharlagun railway station in December of last year.
On the same day, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Darshana Jardosh opened a similar handloom and textile center at the Guwahati railway station.