An integrated National Logistics
Plan taking a long term perspective of country's requirement nearly 20 years is
currently under preparation by the Commerce Ministry and is likely to be
unveiled in about a year.
Taking a long-term perspective up to 2035, the plan takes into account
demand projection and alleviation program that aims to get a fair idea of the
logistics requirements of the various players by that time and outline
solutions. For this, the views of stakeholders such as the logistics-using
Ministries like Fertilizers, Petroleum, Food, Steel, Mineral, Mines, Food
Processing, as well as private players in the space, exporters and importers
are being sought, a spokesman of the ministry said here.
Based on the survey to ascertain the infrastructure requirement, the
Commerce Department would be asking the logistics service providing Ministries
like Railways, Roads, Shipping and Civil Aviation to align their respective
plans with the national integrated logistic plan.
The ultimate aim is to bring down logistics costs, for which the Commerce
Ministry is also looking at working with the states to simplify and standardise
the documents for logistics, especially those for exports and imports. At
present logistics cost works out to fourteen per cent and the aim of the
government is to bring it to 10 per cent of the GDP so that our goods become
competitive in the global market.
Towards this end, among other things, the Ministry has commenced a study to
measure the dwell time at ports for vessels as well as cargo, and also intends
to develop an integrated logistics portal that would be a single window for
getting clearances from all the regulatory authorities, besides being an
e-marketplace for logistics, reports said.