New Delhi: Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the National Logistics Policy in New Delhi today. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that India has taken another important step towards becoming a developed nation with the National Logistics Policy.
The Prime Minister said India is emerging as a global manufacturing hub. Emphasizing that “Policy plus performance” equals progress, the Prime Minister said he was convinced that the logistics policy would act as a driving and guiding force. He said drone technology will become an important aspect of the transport and logistics sector, especially for remote areas. The Prime Minister also stressed that we need to bring the cost of logistics down from 13% to low single digits as soon as possible.
Delivering the welcome speech at the release of the National Logistics Policy, Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Trade and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, said the National Logistics Policy would break down silos and bring all departments and states together. , in line with the Prime Minister’s holistic vision.
Referring to logistics as the lifeline of the economy, the Minister of Commerce said the National Logistics Policy will give India’s logistics sector a new direction and take it to greater heights. He observed that COVID-19 had shown the strength of Indian logistics sector in front of the world. He said food grains and other essentials are reaching everyone on time and we are reaching new milestones in international trade.
The Minister expressed his belief that the implementation of the National Logistics Policy will reduce logistics costs, boost international trade, help to make India “atmanirbhar” or self-reliant, usher in the nation’s prosperity and would present new opportunities to our startups. . The policy would greatly benefit farmers across the country, helping them get their produce to market at a faster rate and reducing waste and delays. It would also lower prices in the economy, he added.
Outlining several crucial initiatives that India has taken in the field of transport infrastructure such as UDAAN, Bharatmaala, Sagarmala, National Infrastructure Pipeline, etc., Shri Goyal said that a new chapter has been added to the book of growth when Prime Minister GatiShakti’s National Master Plan was launched last year. “The National Logistics Policy and GatiShakti will work as dual engines for logistics,” he added.
Calling infrastructure development a sure path to economic development, the minister said technology and innovation are 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 on the whereabouts of goods can be obtained in real time with considerable ease. -he adds. Calling the National Logistics Policy a unique example of intensive consultations with stakeholders, Shri Goyal said intensive discussions and deliberations had taken place with industry, policy experts and ministries to finalize the policy. .
Shri Goyal said that under the leadership and guidance of the Prime Minister, India has been transformed with new thinking and confidence and a modern and developed nation is being built. The prime minister’s life, he said, gave the nation inspiration to serve selflessly and initiate social upliftment of the masses. “You are truly a compassionate leader, with vision and a decisive leader, on a mission,” the Minister told the Prime Minister. He added that the grateful nation prays for the prime minister’s long life and good health.
Shri Goyal thanked the Prime Minister for bestowing the nation with the ‘paanch pran’ on August 15, inspiring the citizens to work with dedication to make India a developed nation in the ‘Amrit Kaal’. He assured the Prime Minister that together the nation would work to make its logistics sector world-class and meet the wishes of the nation.
Shri Goyal also conveyed her heartfelt birthday wishes to Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
He called the Prime Minister the most popular popular leader in the country and the world and the messiah of the poor. He noted that in line with the Prime Minister’s work and vision, the whole nation celebrated the day by dedicating it to service and social work. He announced that the country held a world-record blood drive today to mark the prime minister’s birthday.
Logistics efficiency is a function of infrastructure, services (digital systems / processes / regulatory framework) and human resources. PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP) for multimodal connectivity infrastructure to various economic zones, has been launched. It is a transformative approach to improving logistics efficiency and reducing logistics costs, with a focus on integrating existing and proposed infrastructure development initiatives from different agencies, to ensure connectivity first and last kilometer, for a smooth flow of people and goods.
While the development of integrated infrastructure and network planning should be addressed within the framework of the PM GatiShakti national master plan, for the efficiency of services (processes, digital systems, regulatory framework) and human resources, the national logistics policy is the next logical step. This will provide a comprehensive program for the development of the entire logistics ecosystem.
The policy’s vision is to develop a technologically enabled, integrated, cost-effective, resilient, sustainable and reliable logistics ecosystem in the country for accelerated and inclusive growth.
The policy aspires to reduce the cost of logistics in India to be comparable to global benchmarks by 2030, strives to be among the top 25 countries by 2030 in the Logistics Performance Index ranking and creates a 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) Standardization of physical assets and benchmarking of service quality standards (iii) Development of logistics human resources and capacity building (iv) State commitment (v) EXIM (Export-Import) logistics (vi) Service improvement framework (vii) Sector plan for efficient logistics (viii) Facilitation of the development of logistics parks.
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nithin Gadkari, Minister of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel, Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia and other dignitaries attended the occasion.