This will promote the region’s economic growth while also creating job chances for society’s poorer sections.
With over 700 One Station One Product (OSOP) stores, the Ministry of Railways has covered 728 railway stations around the country. The project wants to promote the ‘Vocal for Local’ concept and offer a market for selling indigenous or local products. This will encourage economic development in the area while also creating job chances for society’s poorer sections.
The OSOP scheme pilot program began on March 25, 2022. 785 outlets were functioning at 728 stations in 21 states and three Union Territories (UTs) as of May 1, 2023. The OSOP stalls were created for clarity by the National Design Institute.
The ‘One Station One Product’ approach is tailored to the location where the outlets have been opened. It includes indigenous tribes’ handlooms woven by local weavers, handicrafts such as world-famous wood carving, chikankari, and zari-zardozi work on clothes or spices, tea, coffee, and other processed/semi-processed food items/products grown organically in the area. The mechanism allocates all qualifying candidates on a rolling basis.
The following goods are included in the One Station One Product scheme:
- Food items (Seasonal or Processed or semi-processed foods)
- Traditional Garments
- Local agricultural produce
- Local toys
- Leather products
- Local Gems and Jewellery
OSOP Stalls in the North Eastern part of the nation sell Assamese Pitha, Traditional Rajbongshi Dress, Jhapi, Local Textiles, and Jute Products (Cap, Gamocha, Doll). Kashmiri Girda, Kashmiri Kahwa, and Dry Fruits are well-known in Jammu and Kashmir.
Passengers in South India are interested in cashew items, spices, and Chinnalapatti Handloom Sarees. Stitching and Zari Zardozi, Coconut Halva, locally grown fruits, processed meals, and Bandhani are popular in the western region of the country.