High Powered Committee on Logistics set up
The government has set up a high level Committee on logistics headed by Dr. Rakesh Mohan to address various issues confronting the Indian logistic sector and integrated Multimodal logistics system in the country announced by Mr. Mohandas, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping.
Stating this at the Assocham International conference & Expo, CONQUEST 2011, Mr. Mohandas said the Committee is expected to be submitting its report to government soon. Mr. Mohandas called upon the captains of the industry, mandarins, investors and other stakeholders to strive to bring out quick changes in the logistic sector for which strong foundation has already been laid in the form of favorable policy initiatives. It is now substantially open to the private sectors for bringing in money, skills, and knowledge management with liberalized approach which is being adopted. This foundation will definitely provide an impetus for faster growth in the whole logistic sector and supply chain management. As far as challenges and road blocks are concerned the government is trying to identify various concerns and making interventions that would be required for transforming the whole delivery of service better, he added.
On the issue of prevailing inadequate ports capacity in the country he said as of now capacity utilization is in the order of about 90% in average which is something, definitely has to be changed by providing adequate capacity for handling the cargo and this is only possible with the collective efforts by central government, ministry of shipping that involve central government – state governments and the private sector, and confirmed bulk of the investment is coming in from the private sectors. Another issue highlighted by him here was expansion of central government’s control major ports is again substantially through PPP route only with the ports investing their resources in common amenities like dredging- connectivity, warehousing and related things.