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            National Logistics Policy – A Concept Note

                                                                                    —Sujay Goswami

             hE indian National Logistics Policy (NLP) was launched with          The  third  pillar of  the  National  Logis-
          tthe aim of transforming the country’s logistics sector into a        tics  Policy is  promoting  digitalisation.
          competitive and efficient system. The policy aims to achieve this     The policy  aims  to leverage  technology  to
          by implementing a comprehensive framework that addresses the          streamline  logistical  processes, reduce lo-
          challenges facing the industry, such as inadequate infrastructure,    gistics  costs,  and  increase  efficiency.  This
          inefficient processes, and complex regulations. The logistics in-     will involve developing a digital platform that
          dustry in india is critical for the country’s growth, and the policy   enables end-to-end visibility of  the  supply
          seeks to improve its performance, thereby enhancing the coun-         chain, automating logistics processes, and
          try’s economy.                                                        implementing  digital solutions that  enable
            The logistics industry in india contributes approximately 14%-      real-time tracking of goods. The idea is also
          15% to  the country’s  GDP,  making it  a  vital component of  the   to create a National Logistics e-marketplace, which will enable
          indian economy. Despite this, the industry is faced with several   buyers and sellers to connect and access a wide range of logis-
          challenges that hinder its growth and development. One of the   tics services.
          key challenges facing the industry is inadequate infrastructure,   The fourth pillar of the National Logistics Policy is simplifying
          such as poor roads, inadequate rail network, and congested   regulatory procedures and breaking all departmental silos
          ports. Inefficient processes such as fragmented supply chains,   to provide ease of business to all stakeholders in the ecosystem.
          lengthy clearance procedures, departmental silos for  decision-  The policy aims to simplify the regulatory environment, reduce
          making, and a lack of standardisation of transportation processes   the number of procedures and documentation required for the
          have also hindered the growth of the logistics sector.  movement of goods, and create a single-window clearance sys-
            NLP aims to tackle these challenges by developing a frame-  tem for the clearance of goods. This will help reduce the time and
          work that promotes the development of an integrated and multi-  cost of moving goods, thereby improving the competitiveness of
          modal logistics system. This system will leverage technology and   businesses.
          innovation to streamline processes, reduce logistics costs, and   The fifth pillar  of the NLP is enhancing the skillset of the
          increase efficiency. The policy also aims to simplify the regulatory   workforce. The policy aims to enhance the skills of the workforce
          environment, enhance the skills of the workforce, and promote   in the logistics industry by providing training and capacity-build-
          private sector investment in the logistics industry.  ing programs. The policy also aims to promote entrepreneurship
                               key pillars                      in the logistics industry, which will create employment opportuni-
            The NLP is based on five key pillars: optimising multimodal   ties and contribute to the growth of the industry.
          transportation, improving infrastructure, promoting digitalisation,   Benefits & implementation
          simplifying regulatory procedures, and enhancing the skills of the   The National Logistics Policy thus has several benefits for the
          workforce. The pillars are interrelated and aim to provide a com-  logistics industry and the indian economy as a whole. For busi-
          prehensive solution to the challenges facing the logistics industry   nesses, the policy will reduce logistics costs, increase efficiency
          in india.                                             and improve service delivery.
            The first pillar of the National Logistics Policy is optimising   Ms Sumita Dawra, Special Secretary  (logistics),  DPiit,
          multimodal transportation.  This is aimed  at enhancing  the   and the entire team are instrumental in implementing NLP that
          movement of goods across different modes of transportation,   focuses on Logistics, PM Gati Shakti, industrial Corridor & iiCC,
          such as road, rail, air and waterways. in order to achieve this,   Project Monitoring Group, and Modified Industrial Infrastructure
          developing  and upgrading  transportation infrastructure, includ-  upgradation Scheme.
          ing ports, airports and railways is indispensable. The policy also   NLP is attracting private players to invest in the infrastructure
          seeks to develop intermodal transport corridors that enable the   sector and has received suggestions from all stakeholders in the
          seamless movement of goods across different means of trans-  logistics ecosystem, which have been seriously acknowledged
          portation. This will help reduce logistics costs, improve delivery   by the Department for immediate address. The Prime Minister
          time, and increase the efficiency of the logistics framework.  has made a sizable allocation in the budget and is cognizant of
            The second pillar of the National Logistics Policy is infrastruc-  the need for its successful implementation on time.
          tural improvements. The policy aims to address the infrastruc-  [The author is Principal Consultant, Block Chain Consul-
          tural deficit in the logistics industry by developing and upgrading   tants and Services, and an industry expert in transport and
          transportation infrastructure. The government plans to develop an   logistics practice in India. He has extensive experience of 27+
          infrastructure network that supports multimodal transportation and   years in driving logistics planning processes and has worked
          promotes the smooth flow of goods. This will involve investing in   with  renowned  entities  in  the  logistics  sector  including
          the development of roads, railways, airports and ports, which will   Container Corporation of India, J M Baxi Group, Himalayan
          enable efficient and cost-effective transportation of goods.  Terminals Pvt. Ltd (Nepal) and APL Logistics (KWE Group)]
             Deendayal Port’s Berth No. 13 to be developed
                      for handling multipurpose clean cargo

                           Exim News Service                            programme in Gujarat.
                              NEw DELhi/GaNDhiDhaM, March 16               Of these, 15 projects worth rs 9,000 crore have
            thE Ministry of Ports, Shipping and waterways (MoPSw) has   been completed,  33 projects worth more than  rs
          unveiled an ambitious plan to develop Deendayal Port’s berth No.   25,000 crore are under implementation, and 26
          13 for handling multipurpose clean cargo, including container   projects worth rs 22,700 crore are under development.
          cargo, on Design, build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DbFOT)   Central line ministries, Major Ports, the State Maritime
          basis under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The project   board and other state agencies are jointly implementing these
          will be developed at an estimated cost of rs 167.88 crore. The   projects, the release added.
          project is in line with efforts to provide world class infrastructure
          and services to stakeholders and cater to the future requirements  India to send delegations to boost onion exports
          of the hinterland, said a Ministry release.               Exim News Service     with the respective trade bodies of
            the proposed facility is planned for handling vessels up   NEw DELhi, March 16  the countries that would be sourc-
          to 75,000 DWt or equivalent tEUs with optimal capacity of   iNDia has decided to send   ing onion from india. india export-
          4.20 MMtPa for multipurpose clean cargo and 0.10 million   delegations to various countries   ed a record $523 million worth of
          tEU for container cargo.                              including Malaysia, indonesia, the   onion  (1.7  million  tonnes)  in  the
            the facility will be used for handling multipurpose clean   Philippines, Germany, the uK, Qa-  first three quarters of the current
          cargo, viz., foodgrains, sugar, salt, silica clay, roro cargo,   tar, Kuwait,  iraq, Seychelles and   fiscal (2022-23), 16% more than in
          timber logs, project cargo including container cargo on PPP   Mauritius to boost onion exports.   the same period last fiscal. India
          mode, by allotting the berth to the successful bidder on ‘as-  The  agricultural  and  Processed   has around 5% share in the global
          is-where-is’ basis through DBFot under PPP mode.      Food Products Export Develop-  onion  trade.  bangladesh  (37%),
            it is to be noted that the Ministry, as part of its commitment   ment authority (aPEDa), in collab-  Malaysia (14%), Sri Lanka (12%)
          to the development of the port sector in the country, has iden-  oration with the respective indian   and Nepal (8%) took in a major
          tified  74  projects  worth  Rs  57,000  crore  under  the  Sagarmala   missions, will conduct interactions   share last fiscal, as per a report.
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