Fe­lic­i­tat­ing the cargo in­dus­try

The first edi­tion of In­dia Cargo Awards – West & South brought to­gether well-known faces of the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try at Grand Mer­cure Goa Shrem Re­sort. In a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony the ded­i­cated ones were hon­oured for their achieve­ments.

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Held on 15 Oc­to­ber 2015, the awards hon­oured the achiev­ers of the cargo in­dus­try from West and South re­gions. The event was graced by Fran­cis D’Souza, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Law, Rev­enue, Health, Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and Town and Coun­try Plan­ning, Gov­ern­ment of Goa. Dr Renu Singh Par­mar, Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia was the Guest of Hon­our. The cer­e­mony saw the au­gust pres­ence of Dr Tanushree Pandey, Mrs In­dia 2015 and many lead­ers of the cargo in­dus­try.

The awards were pre­sented for dif­fer­ent seg­ments which in­cluded air cargo, sea cargo, rail cargo, sur­face move­ment, freight for­warders, bonded truck­ing, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, cus­tom house agents, Gen­eral Sales Agents (GSA), ground han­dling, 3PL and e-commerce. Be­ing the firstof-its-kind, In­dia Cargo Awards hon­oured the real run­ners of the in­dus­try. The 32 win­ners were cho­sen af­ter a fair and un­bi­ased se­lec­tion process which in­cluded an on­line vot­ing plat­form.

Ap­pre­ci­at­ing the ef­forts of the or­gan­is­ers, Dr. Par­mar said, “The cargo in­dus­try is the back­bone of the econ­omy and is go­ing to play a great role in the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign. The fu­ture pro­jec­tion for the air cargo in­dus­try is that it is to grow by eight per cent per an­num. In the last one year, it has grown by 10 per cent and in the fu­ture we also feel that the trend will be sus­tained be­cause man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­ports are ex­pected to pick up.”

“But the ques­tion re­mains, ‘who is be­hind this growth?’ It is a ro­bust cargo sec­tor. Hence, this is a sec­tor which needs con­sid­er­able en­cour­age­ment and I would thank DDPPL for this won­der­ful ef­fort to recog­nise the re­gional tal­ent,” added Dr. Par­mar.

Talk­ing at the event, D’Souza said, “The cargo sec­tor has to pick up. If the cargo doesn’t move, the econ­omy doesn’t move. It is im­por­tant that cargo modes across the coun­try that in­cludes air, rail, sea and road, need to be con­nected to en­hance the ef­fi­ciency of the move­ment of goods.”

Op­ti­mistic about the in­dus­try’s re­ac­tion to the awards, San­Jeet, Men­tor, In­dia Cargo Awards, said, “We have been or­gan­is­ing award cer­e­monies for the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor and this is our first en­deav­our for the cargo and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. The on­line plat­form showed that 1,34,356 votes were re­ceived from all over the world in­clud­ing, coun­tries like Brazil, France, UK, Ger­many, Oman. In In­dia, the votes were re­ceived from all over the coun­try.”

The awards

‘Gallery of Leg­ends’ was awarded to Tushar Jani, Chair­man, Blue Dart Avi­a­tion. The ‘DDP Game Changer’ award was given to Rad­hara­manan Pan­icker, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Dan­ger­ous Goods Man­age­ment In­dia. The ‘DDP Trail­blazer’ award was given to Sam N. Kat­gara, Part­ner, Jeena and Com­pany. ‘Face of the Fu­ture’ was awarded to Vi­neet Kanau­jia, Vice Pres­i­dent – Mar­ket­ing, Saf­ex­press. The ‘En­tre­pre­neur of the Year’ award was given to Rahul Bha­tia, Di­rec­tor, T.K. Cen­te­nary Cargo Ser­vices. ‘Best Cargo Pro­fes­sional’ award was given to Ra­jen­dra Dubey, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ECS Globe Air Cargo In­dia. ‘Emerg­ing Air Cargo In­dus­try Pro­fes­sional’ award was given to Lokesh Matta, AGM & Head of Air­line Mar­ket­ing Pas­sen­ger and Cargo Net­work, Ban­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

(L-R): Tanushree Pandey, Mrs In­dia 2015, Dr. Renu S. Par­mar, Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion, Govt. of In­dia and San­Jeet, Di­rec­tor, DDP Group un­veil­ing the spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion on Cargo Awards West & South cer­e­mony

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