Modi launches National Logistics Policy, says it is a step towards becoming developed nation
New Delhi, September 17, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Logistics Policy here today, describing it as yet another important step towards becoming a developed nation.
Speaking on the occasion, he said India is emerging as a world manufacturing hub.
Stressing that "Policy plus Performance" equalled Progress, he expressed confidence that the logistics policy would act as a driving and guiding force. He said that drone technology would emerge as an important aspect of the transport and logistics sector, especially for remote areas.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the country has to bring the logistics cost from 13 per cent to a single digit number as soon as possible.
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said that the National Logistics policy would end silos and bring all departments and states together, in line with the holistic vision of the Prime Minister.
Referring to logistics as the lifeline of the economy, the Commerce Minister said that the National Logistics Policy would give India’s logistics sector a new direction and take it to greater heights. He observed that COVID-19 had displayed the strength of India’s logistics sector in front of the world. He said that food grains and other essential items reached all people on time and the country achieved new milestones in international trade.
The Minister expressed confidence that the implementation of the National Logistics Policy would bring down logistics costs, give a fillip to international trade, help in making India "atmanirbhar" or self-reliant, usher in prosperity in the nation and present new opportunities to our startups. The policy would be highly beneficial to the farmers of the country, helping them to take their produce to the markets at a faster pace and reduce wastage and delay. This would bring down prices in the economy as well, he added.
Outlining several crucial initiatives that India had taken in the field of transport infrastructure such as UDAAN, Bharatmaala, Sagarmala, National Infrastructure Pipeline, and so on, Goyal said that a new chapter had been added to the book of growth when PM GatiShakti National Master Plan was launched last year. “National Logistics Policy and GatiShakti will work as double engines for logistics”, he added.
Terming infrastructure development as a sure road to economic development, the Minister said that technology and innovation formed an important part of this mission. It is in this context that the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) has been prepared as an integrated portal in which information about the location of goods can be obtained on a real-time basis with considerable ease, he added.
Calling the National Logistics Policy as a unique example of intensive stakeholder consultations, Goyal said that intensive discussions and deliberations had been held with industry, policy matter experts and Ministries to finalize the policy.
He said that under the Prime Minister’s leadership and guidance, India has been transforming with new thinking and new confidence and a modern and developed nation is being built.
Goyal thanked the Prime Minister for giving the nation "paanch pran" on August 15, inspiring citizens to work with dedication to make India a developed nation in the "Amrit Kaal" (75th Year of Independence).
He assured the Prime Minister that together the nation would work to make its logistics sector a world-class one and fulfil the wishes of the nation.
An official press release said logistics efficiency is a function of infrastructure, services (digital systems/processes/regulatory framework) and human resource.
The PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) for multimodal connectivity infrastructure to various economic zones, has been launched. It is a transformative approach for improving logistics efficiency and reducing logistics cost, with focus on integrating existing and proposed infrastructure development initiatives of different agencies, to ensure first and last mile connectivity, for seamless movement of people and goods.
While development of integrated infrastructure and network planning is envisaged to be addressed through the PM GatiShakti National Master Plan, for efficiency in services (processes, digital systems, regulatory framework) and human resource, the National Logistics Policy is the logical next step. This will provide a comprehensive agenda for development of entire logistics ecosystem, the release said.
The vision of the policy is to develop a technologically enabled, integrated, cost-efficient, resilient, sustainable and trusted logistics ecosystem in the country for accelerated and inclusive growth.
The policy aspires to reduce cost of logistics in India to be comparable to global benchmarks by 2030, endeavour to be among top 25 countries by 2030 in the Logistics Performance Index ranking, and create data driven decision support mechanism for an efficient logistics ecosystem.
The Policy will be implemented through a Comprehensive Logistics Action Plan (CLAP).
The interventions proposed under the CLAP are divided into eight key action areas: (i) Integrated Digital Logistics Systems (ii) Standardisation of physical assets and benchmarking service quality standards (iii) Logistics Human Resources Development and Capacity Building (iv) State Engagement (v) EXIM (Export-Import) Logistics (vi) Service Improvement framework (vii) Sectoral Plan for Efficient Logistics (viii) Facilitation of Development of Logistics Parks.
Union Ministerss Nitin Gadkari, Sarbananda Sonowal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Jyotiraditya M Scindia were among those present on the occasion.