Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Special Secretary-Logistics, Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that in the context of COVID-2019 pandemic and other developments, the Government is in the process of revisiting the Draft National Logistics Policy.
Addressing an interactive session via webinar, organized by FICCI, Agarwal said that National Logistics Policy is being formulated and the draft policy will be revisited given the COVID-2019 situation and other factors. This will give an opportunity to further fine-tune the policy and discuss issues that have not been addressed in the previous draft.?
He urged the industry to share their recommendations and new ideas in formulating the policy in order to make India’s supply chain more resilient and responsive to disasters and emergencies.
Agarwal said that focus is on integrated development of the logistics sector so that different players can be brought on the same platform. ?There is a need to develop national logistics that is fully integrated with global logistics ecosystem. The focus is on connecting the local supply chain with global logistics,? he added.
Agarwal, while underlining the 8 mantras for transforming India’s logistics sector, said that there is a need for standardization, improving quality, and promoting excellence in the sector. He highlighted the importance of digitization that has been further underscored by COVID-19 pandemic and the need for skilling human resources, improving quality of work and professionalism in the sector.
The Special Secretary said that there was a need for optimal utilization of logistics. The emphasis is on making the overall logistics sector more innovative, resilient, and sustainable, said Agarwal. He further added that focus is on green logistics as it will bring in medium and long-term gains for the sector.
Shantanu Bhadkamkar, President, Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI), said that the logistics sector is truly global in nature. He added that the logistics sector is the early adopters of technology.
A V Vijaykumar, Chairman, Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI), said that there is a need for ramping up the infrastructure for smoother functioning of import and export activities. He added that specific freight corridors will help in inbound and outbound transportation.
R S Subramanian, Chairman, Express Industry Council of India (EICI), said that express services will act as a catalyst in the nation’s supply chain development. He observed that the focus of the sector should be on digitalization and investment promotion for capacity building.
Abhishek Prakash Rao, Group Director-Sales & Marketing, Varuna Group, said that the biggest opportunity is to have greater transparency across the national supply chain in which technology will play a massive role.
Juzar Mustan, Chairman, FICCI Logistics Committee, said that the sector is adapting new technology faster than before and the users are more receptive to the digital economy.
Mukesh Haritash, Co-Chair, FICCI Logistics Committee, said that industry will collaborate with the Government on the National Logistics Policy.