Are gov­ern­ment poli­cies a fa­cil­i­ta­tor or a drag?

The par­lia­men­tary de­bate was a first of its kind ses­sion in­tro­duced this year that saw three pan­elists each speak for and against a set mo­tion. A vote by the au­di­ence on the mo­tion was called for – be­fore and af­ter the speak­ers made their pre­sen­ta­tion

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The Con­tain­ers In­dia event had a unique and un­prece­dented open­ing ses­sion this Septem­ber. A Par­lia­men­tary De­bate com­pris­ing of six speak­ers who ar­gued for and against a mo­tion. The mo­tion that was set as a rul­ing was whether the In­dian busi­ness laws and poli­cies were hin­der­ing the growth of the ship­ping in­dus­try.

The six speak­ers were Deepak Shetty, For­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Ship­ping, Anil Devli, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, INSA, Ra­jeeva Sinha, For­mer Whole-time Di­rec­tor Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, Vivek

Kele, Pres­i­dent, AMTOI, Anil Yend­luri, Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Com­pany Lim­ited and Prakash Tul­siani, COO and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (Op­er­a­tions), All­cargo Lo­gis­tics. The de­bate was chaired by Michael Pinto, For­mer Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping.

Each speaker made a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of his side of the story. The au­di­ence that was present in large num­bers was made to vote twice dur­ing the ses­sion – once be­fore and once af­ter the de­bate. The dif­fer­ence be­tween vot­ing in the be­gin­ning and vot­ing in the end was a func­tion of how the gen­tle­men ar­gued their case. Later, the mat­ter was thrown open to the floor to par­tic­i­pate by mak­ing points and ask­ing ques­tions. It was an in­ter­ven­ing de­bate. The house be­lieved that flawed mar­itime poli­cies are re­spon­si­ble for slack­ened mar­itime growth.

Anil Devli, Anil Yend­luri and Prakash Tul­siani spoke for the mo­tion and spoke of how the lack­adaisi­cal ap­proach of the gov­ern­ment was re­spon­si­ble for the in­dus­try to lag be­hind many other na­tions. Anil devil said, “Un­favourable poli­cies, high tax­a­tion, lack of a fund­ing mech­a­nism for pur­chas­ing qual­ity ves­sels was what set the In­dian ship­ping in­dus­try back by many a decade.” His ar­gu­ment was sup­port by Anil Yend­luri who agreed stated that the is­sues fac­ing the min­istry have re­mained the same since two decades. Ar­chaic Cus­toms laws and re­stric­tive trade prac­tices were re­spon­si­ble for the dam­age, he said. Prakash Tul­siani, who was the other speaker that sup­ported the mo­tion said, “The cur­rent bot­tle­necks are is­sues that have been ne­glected for many years. The ship will take time to turn. Time taken for poli­cies to be im­ple­mented is too long in Mar­itime sec­tor.

Those who ar­gued against the mo­tion were pri­mar­ily two for­mer gov­ern­ment ser­vants and the Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mul­ti­modal Op­er­a­tors. Deepak Shetty said,

“We re­pealed 14 mer­chant ship­ping rules and did away with four ar­chaic ad­mi­ralty acts. He also said there were 16 mer­chant ship­ping rules be­ing pro­posed to be coter­mi­nous with the new act.” Ra­jeeva Sinha, an in­dus­try vet­eran who also worked long in the gov­ern­ment said gov­ern­ment poli­cies have con­trib­uted to the progress and that pri­vate par­ties have failed to im­ple­ment projects on time in the coun­try. He praised the PPP for­mat that has worked won­der­fully in de­vel­op­ing and en­hanc­ing the port in­fra­struc­ture in the coun­try. Vivek Kele, the fi­nal speaker said that sev­eral in­come tax ex­emp­tions have been given for in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. Apart from these changes, the sa­gar­mala project has been given great em­pha­sis to the mar­itime in­dus­try where the coastal ship­ping and in­land water trans­port have con­trib­uted greatly to the in­dus­try.

(L to R) Vivek Kele, Pres­i­dent, AMTOI; Ra­jeeva Sinha, For­mer Whole-time Di­rec­tor Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd; Deepak Shetty, For­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Ship­ping; Michael Pinto, For­mer Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping; Anil Devli, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, INSA; Anil Yend­luri, Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Com­pany Lim­ited; Prakash Tul­siani, COO & Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (Op­er­a­tions), All­cargo Lo­gis­tics.

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