NEW DELHI: The Department of Commerce has begun to draw up a comprehensive long term plan to address the ticklish and pending issues pertaining to logistics of 22 commodities so that the pitfalls in them are sorted out to substantially reduce logistics costs and better facilitate the movements of the these identified commodities, according to Joint Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Anant Swarup. An Inter-Ministerial consultation have already begun on this front on warfooting and the concerned Ministries are working in the spirit of complimentaries on this front instead of competing with one another as the plan would have to be rolled out in next six months, informed the Joint Secretary.
Addressing a Multimodel Transportation Conclave-2018 under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Mr. Swarup, however, added that the 22 commodities identified for the plan would include items such as coal, steel, petroleum products, cement and host of agri products among others.
According to him, the listed commodities confront diverse problems in terms of logistics so far as there movement is concerned as also infrastructure related pitfalls and following their detailed studies, the gaps identified in the process would be brought to the notice of related departments so that it becomes their responsibility and accountability to carve out policy issues for their timely redressal.
The plan would fall in public domain in next six months and subsequently adequate policy measures would be put in plance so that industry does not face even the least and minimal problems on logistics front to efficiently facilitate movements of goods and even imports and exports are effected with efficient infrastructure in place, indicated Mr. Swarup.
He also pointed out that not only the Department of Commerce but also Ministries of Railways, Surface Transport, Shipping and host of others are collaborating with one another to phase out obsolete rules and regulations for better logistics movements and likely to come out with a consolidated Multimodel Transportation new laws with modern legislation in place.
Speaking on the occasion, Joint Secretary (SM), Ministry of Shipping, Mr. Kailash K Aggarwal informed the industry saying that the SagarMala project envisaged by the Government of the day has been moving progressively and that it would lead to additional capacity creation of almost every ports in the Country as also create inland routes on various identified projects as per schedule.
Chairman and Managing Director, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Mr. V Kalyana Rama was also present on the occasion and emphasized that industry would not face shortages pertaining to required infrastructure for imports and exports proceeds as Indian economy has begun to move on efficient wheels of growth.