PR No – 446
12th August, 2023
Smt. Sumita Dawra, IAS, Special Secretary- Logistics, Department of Promotion for Industry & Internal Trade, Minister for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India applauds India’s Leap to Rank 38 in Logistics Performance Index and Rapid ULIP Implementation
PHDCCI organized the National Logistics Summit under the theme “Navigating the Challenges & Opportunities of the Modern Logistics Landscape” on 11th August at the PHD House in New Delhi.
Smt. Sumita Dawra, IAS, Special Secretary- Logistics, Department of Promotion for Industry & Internal Trade, Minister for Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, referring to the latest World Bank report, informed that India had made impressive progress, moving up 6 places to secure the 38th rank out of 139 countries in the 7th edition of the Logistics Performance Index.
Ms. Dawra highlighted Prime Minister Modi’s threefold objectives within the National Logistics Policy. These goals includes, achieving international competitiveness by 2030, striving for a position within the top 25 on the Logistic Performance Index, and fostering data-driven decision-making for infrastructure and logistics development.
Speaking about the PM’s Gatishakti Masterplan, she described it as a technological miracle, emphasizing its utilization of over 450 data layers. She further explained how this initiative maximizes connectivity while minimizing ecological impact, effectively supporting sustainable growth.
Ms. Dawra also underlined the rapid implementation of the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) since the introduction of the National Logistics Policy. All seven concerned ministries, including the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Railways, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, have embraced ULIP with a unified sign-on approach.
Additionally, she elaborated on the Logistics Data Bank, revealing that it currently tracks around 60 million EXIM containers. This tracking mechanism facilitates valuable insights for speed analysis, benefitting various stakeholders across the logistics chain.
Speaking at the Summit Dr. Surendra Ahirwar, Joint Secretary, Logistics, DPIIT underscored that the National Logistics Policy stands as a comprehensive and strategic roadmap. This policy addresses the infrastructure deficit by harnessing digital connectivity, a pivotal focus that is reshaping the logistics landscape.
Furthermore, Dr. Ahirwar highlighted the profound impact of the PM Gatishakti Masterplan, describing how it empowers government bodies and administrations to craft infrastructure plans in alignment with national priorities, fostering a seamless and efficient logistics ecosystem.
He called the ULIP as a vital component of the digital framework within the National Logistics Policy. Highlighting its B2B and G2B nature, he emphasized how ULIP seamlessly integrates diverse digital systems from government ministries.
With diverse systems seamlessly integrated into ULIP’s three-tier structure—data layering, administrative, and presentation, Dr. Ahirwar emphasized that the private sector’s engagement with the presentation layer offers a unique opportunity for industries to strategically shape their supply chain and logistics operations.
Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Chairman, National Shipping Board, Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India, in his address, highlighted the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for the logistics sector to flourish and contribute to India’s growth story.
Dr. Ranjan also appreciated the Carbon Credit Scheme and the new ESG framework. He informed that there is a new paradigm shift where efficiency has become the focus. The ESG framework and carbon credits, when put together, create opportunities.
Further, in his presentation he also touched upon the legal and regulatory aspects of these developments, and called containerization as a new big thing while highlighting its significance with multimodality.
Mr. Saket Dalmia, President, PHDCCI, in his presidential address, expressed that the logistics industry has been significantly impacted by the rapid growth of ecommerce, which has led to an increase in demand for international goods and MSMEs selling internationally.
The implementation of green logistics technology, which includes climate measurement tools, real-time data-gathering tools, electric vehicles, green cold chain solutions, electric cargo delivery drones, and logistics resource management platforms, can have numerous benefits like reducing waste, simplifying processes, improving a company’s competitiveness, and being environmentally friendly, added Mr. Dalmia.
Mr. Anil Khandelwal, Principal Executive Director, Gati Shakti Railway Board, Ministry of Railways Informed, the Indian economy is experiencing rapid growth, and the demand for logistics is also on the rise. We once held a market share of 85%, but it has gone down to 26%. It is imperative to accelerate infrastructure development and implement plans to provide infrastructure ahead of demand.
The National Logistics Summit underscored the significance of collaboration, innovation, and strategic planning in navigating the evolving logistics landscape. The event provided a platform for industry leaders, policymakers, and experts to exchange insights and discuss on the future of logistics in India.
The summit was sponsored by Safexpress as Presenting Partner, Co-powered by RE Rogers, ATLAS Shipping Services Private Limited and SKYFER Logistics Inc. as Premier Partner, Skyways Group as Session Partner, Deep Blue Express as Delegate Kit Partner, Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) as Lanyard Partner, Continental Carriers Private Limited, Netradyne and DCM Containers as Supported by partners, and supported by PHDCCI annual sponsors, DLF Ltd; Jindal Steel & Power; KLJ Group; Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Marble City; MMG Group; Radico Khaitan Ltd; Uflex Ltd; Vestige; Eazy ERP Technologies; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; Sagar Group of Industries; Superior Industries Limited; Samsung India Electronics; Oswal Greentech; Apeejay Stya Group; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; DCM Shriram; R E Rogers; Trident Group; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd; Bhagwati Plastic and Pipes Industries; Central Coalfields Ltd; DD Pharmaceutical Ltd.; Hindware Sanitary; Jindal Steel; Modern Automobiles; P S BEDI & Co.;
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry