NTDPC pushes for for­ma­tion of nodal agency for lo­gis­tics

Cargo Talk - - Industry Associations -

In view of the lack of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween var­i­ous min­istries at the Cen­tral Govern­ment as well as state govern­ment lev­els, the National Trans­port De­vel­op­ment Pol­icy Com­mit­tee (NTDPC), Govern­ment of In­dia will rec­om­mend to set up a nodal agency for lo­gis­tics.

speak­ing at the Con­fer­ence on Mul­ti­modal Lo­gis­tics, which was re­cently or­gan­ised by PHD Cham­ber; BN Puri, Con­sul­tant Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (Trans­port) and Mem­ber-Sec­re­tary, NTDPC main­tained that there is an ur­gent re­quire­ment of a nodal agency for lo­gis­tics. “We are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing the mat­ter at the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and will rec­om­mend the form­ing of a nodal agency for lo­gis­tics in­dus­try by the Govern­ment of In­dia,” said Puri.

The Con­fer­ence was at­tended by more than 120 del­e­gates that in­cluded se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials from Min­istry of Rail­ways, se­nior of­fi­cials from em­bassies; se­nior of­fi­cials from pri­vate com­pa­nies work­ing in the lo­gis­tics sec­tor, con­sul­tants spe­cial­is­ing in lo­gis­tic sec­tor; rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the in­dus­try; me­dia and more.

The PHD Cham­ber ap­pealed for the cre­at­ing of ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture for mul­ti­modal trans­port and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, to keep pace with the pro­jected growth of man­u­fac­tur­ing, do­mes­tic econ­omy and ex­port mar­ket. Ac­cord­ing to Sau­rabh Sanyal, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, PHD Cham­ber, In­dia has ex­pe­ri­enced fast-paced growth over the last decade. Though the growth has pri­mar­ily come from the ser­vices sec­tor, man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­ports have also risen sub­stan­tially. Lo­gis­tics, as a func­tion, is be­ing in­creas­ingly out­sourced by man­u­fac­tur­ers. How­ever, the In­dian lo­gis­tics sec­tor in many ways still lags be­hind the global stan­dards of per­for­mance. He em­pha­sised that with more and more play­ers from the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor re­ly­ing on mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion, the po­ten­tial for this seg­ment of lo­gis­tics is enor­mous. A co­or­di­nated ap­proach is re­quired from an em­pow­ered govern­ment body to over­see all in­fra­struc­ture projects span­ning road, rail, air, coastal ship­ping and in­land water­ways.

RS Bedi, Chair­man, Task Force on Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment, PHD Cham­ber em­pha­sised that for de­vel­op­ing an ef­fi­cient in­ter­modal/mul­ti­modal trans­port sys­tem, there is a need to look into the three prin­ci­pal is­sues which are in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, reg­u­la­tory/pol­icy re­forms and in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy. Poul V. Jensen, Di­rec­tor, Euro­pean Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (EBTC) also em­pha­sised that tech­nol­ogy is one of big­gest driv­ers for the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

Vinod Asthana, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cen­tral Rail­side Ware­house Com­pany (CRWC), in his pre­sen­ta­tion, stated that lo­gis­tics has be­come a fast-ex­pand­ing busi­ness that in­cludes trans­porta­tion, ware­hous­ing, preser­va­tion, pack­ag­ing, and other value-added ser­vices. He also stated that Con­tainer­i­sa­tion, De­vel­op­ment of High­ways, De­vel­op­ment of Ports, Ded­i­cated Freight Cor­ri­dor, Rail­side Ware­hous­ing, Free Trade Ware­hous­ing Zones, Ware­hous­ing De­vel­op­ment and Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (WDRA) and National Cen­tre for Cold Chain De­vel­op­ment (NCCD) are some of the key ini­tia­tives taken by the govern­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­gis­tic sec­tor. He high­lighted var­i­ous is­sues that the lo­gis­tic in­dus­try of the coun­try is fac­ing. Asthana ad­vo­cated for a Reg­u­la­tory Body for the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­gis­tic sec­tor.

BB Pattanaik, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cen­tral Ware­hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CWC) stated that due to poor qual­ity of in­fra­struc­ture, the mul­ti­modal lo­gis­tic in­dus­try of the county is fac­ing a huge prob­lem. For ex­am­ple, rail in­fra­struc­ture in the last 10 years has grown slowly, and the use of in­land wa­ter bod­ies has not been utilised op­ti­mally.

Poul V. Jensen, Vinod Asthana, Sau­rabh Sanyal, R.S. Bedi, B.N. Puri, B.B. Pattanaik and Ran­jeet Me­hta re­leas­ing a Knowl­edge Pa­per “Mul­ti­modal Lo­gis­tics in In­dia : An As­sess­ment” pre­pared by PHD Cham­ber and Euro­pean Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (EBTC)

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