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.
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.”
‘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