Sep 15: To complement PM GatiShakti’s National Master Plan (NMP), the National Logistics Policy (NLP) was launched on 17 September 2022 by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. While the PM GatiShakti NMP addresses integrated development of the fixed infrastructure and network planning, the NLP addresses the soft infrastructure and logistics sector development aspect, among other things, including process reforms, improvement in logistics services, digitization, human resource development and skilling.
The vision of NLP is to drive economic growth and business competitiveness of the country through an integrated, seamless, efficient, reliable, green, sustainable and cost-effective logistics network by leveraging best-in-class technology, processes and skilled manpower. This will reduce logistics costs and improve performance.
The targets of the NLP are to: (i) Reduce the cost of logistics in India; (ii) improve the Logistics Performance Index ranking – the endeavour is to be among the top 25 countries by 2030, and (iii) create a data-driven decision support mechanism for an efficient logistics ecosystem.
Comprehensive Logistics Action Plan (CLAP)
To achieve these targets, a Comprehensive Logistics Action Plan (CLAP) as part of the NLP was launched covering eight action areas including (i) Integrated Digital Logistics Systems; (ii) Standardization of Physical Assets and Benchmarking of Service Quality Standards; (iii) Logistics Human Resource Development and Capacity Building; (iv) State engagement; (v) EXIM Logistics; (vi) Services Improvement Framework; (vii) Sectoral Plans for Efficient Logistics (SPEL); and (viii) Facilitation of Development of Logistics Parks.
Since the launch of the NLP, significant progress has been made with respect to the implementation of the Policy. By means of regional conferences, one-on-one interactions, and inter-ministerial meetings, DPIIT has facilitated the implementation of NLP. An overview of these outreach activities is given below.
1. Inter-Ministerial meeting on 28th July 2023
- On completion of ten months of the launch of the National Logistics Policy (NLP), an inter-ministerial meeting to review the progress of its implementation was held by DPIIT, on 28th July 2023. During the meeting measures taken by different Ministries to improve logistics efficiency in the country were showcased.
- The meeting saw participation from eleven infrastructure and user Ministries including M/o Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), M/o Port Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), M/o Coal, D/o Food & Public Distribution, M/o Civil Aviation (MOCA), M/o Steel, D/o Commerce, D/o Fertilizer, D/o Revenue, M/o Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and M/o Power and, National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC).
- The meeting was Chaired by the Special Secretary (Logistics). Secretary DPIIT joined during the closing session. The meeting was divided into two sessions. In the session, I focussed on a review of measures undertaken by DPIIT and Session II covered progress in the implementation of the NLP by participating Ministries.
2. Regional Workshops (between 20th March and 12th April 2023)
- DPIIT organised five regional workshops between 20th March and 12th April 2023. All workshops had a dedicated session on NLP, wherein key features and progress of NLP were showcased and participating States/UTs presented the status and key highlights of respective State Logistics Policy and other interventions.
- Over 500 participants covering Officials from all 36 States/UTs and concerned line Ministries/Department, and representatives from knowledge partners and multilateral organisations, attended these workshops.
3. Other one-on-one Interactions / Meetings:
- Meetings on Logistics Performance Index (LPI): In an endeavour to further improve India’s ranking in the LPI, DPIIT has undertaken several measures. To appraise the World Bank team about the several initiatives and reforms of the Government of India and draw their attention to the need for greater emphasis on objective-based methodology for LPI scoring, the Secretary, of DPIIT met senior officials of World Bank Group at their headquarters in Washington DC.
- In continuation with that DPIIT held a series of meetings with the World Bank Group [Logistics and Infrastructure India team] and concerned line Ministries.
- A dedicated Unit is being set up within the Logistics Division to develop and implement an action plan for improving India’s LPI ranking.
- In addition, concerned line Ministries are setting up a dedicated cell for a focused project-based approach to improving India’s performance across the six LPI parameters.
- Services Improvement Group (SIG) meetings: In line with an approved institutional mechanism for the NLP, an Inter-Ministerial SIG was constituted on 14 March 2023. Chaired by SS (Logistics), this group comprises representatives from MoRTH, MoR, MoPSW, MNRE, MoP, DoT, MoPNG, MoCA, NITI Aayog, MoEFCC, MoHUA, DoR and DoC.
- Objective: The SIG has been constituted to facilitate the speedy resolution of logistics services and processes-related issues of the industry, in a coordinated manner. Resolution of issues through SIG shall promote inter-operability; eliminate fragmentation in documentation, formats, processes, and liability regimes and reduce gaps in regulatory architecture.
- E-LoGs portal (digital system for registering logistics-related issues by logistics sector associations): As of date 29 logistics sector associations are registered on the E-LoGs portal, with a total of 71 issues, of which 34 issues have been resolved.
- Regular roundtables with industry players and SIG meetings are held. To date, six meetings of SIG, along with industry associations have been held.
Progress on Implementation of NLP & CLAP
Since the launch of the NLP, progress made in the implementation of the CLAP is summarised below:
- Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP): For digital integration in the logistics sector and to provide a single sign to users who are trading goods and using multiple modes of transport – the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP) was launched along with the NLP.
- ULIP is an indigenous data-based platform that integrates 34 logistics-related digital systems /portals across Ministries / Departments. It is worth noting that GST data is also being integrated with ULIP.
- ULIP provides opportunities for the private sector to develop use cases on ULIP. By signing Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) and after due diligence, data on ULIP can be accessed through API integration and private players can develop apps/use cases.
- Over 614 industry players have registered on ULIP.
- 106 private companies have signed NDAs
- 142 companies have submitted 382 use cases to be hosted on ULIP.
- 57 applications have been made live.
- EXIM Logistics: To promote trade facilitation and streamline EXIM logistics, the following measures have been undertaken:
- Infrastructure gaps are being addressed and digital initiatives are undertaken (under the National Committee on Trade Facilitation);
- An EXIM Logistics Group has been constituted;
- A Comprehensive port connectivity plan developed by M/o port shipping and waterways, to address last and first-mile infra gaps and promote seamless movement of goods to ports. 60 projects of MORTH and 47 Railways have been sanctioned to improve last-mile connectivity to ports.
- To improve port productivity and address issues, several meetings have been held with MOPSW, port authorities, etc.; Port process studies have been conducted at 3 Major Ports (Chennai, JNPT and Vishakhapatnam); Visits to ports are being undertaken by DPIIT.
- The Logistics Data Bank (LDB) is an application that tracks and traces EXIM cargo. greater predictability, transparency and reliability, logistics costs will come down and wastages in the supply chain will be reduced.
- Using LDB data, a new analysis of port-wise vessel turnaround time is being prepared. Congestion between the port and the nearest check post is provided in the form of Port to CFS/ICD (For import cycle); CFS/ICD to Port (For export cycle); Port to the nearest toll plaza. Using these analytics, port authorities are taking measures to improve performance.
- Human Resource Development
- To promote professionals in the sector, the Government is notifying qualification packs for different job roles in the sector.
- A Webinar with Capacity Building Commission, Central Training Institutes (CTIs) and State Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs) was held in July 2023.
- To further give traction to training and capacity building in Logistics and Infrastructure Development, Syllabus and training modules is being developed.
- Sectoral Plan for Efficient Logistics (SPEL)
- To address sector-specific needs in the logistics sector and streamline the movement of bulk and break-bulk cargo in the country, Sectoral Plans for Efficient Logistics (SPEL) are being developed by user Ministries. These include sector-specific action plans /interventions necessary for seamless movement of goods across different origin-destination pairs.
- So far, the Comprehensive Port Connectivity Plan (CPCP) has been developed by M/o Port, Shipping and Waterways to bridge last-mile gaps to ports. The CPCP consisting of 107 Port connectivity projects (47 of MoR and 60 of MoRTH) has been notified.
- M/o Coal has developed a Coal Logistics Plan for efficient coal evacuation.
- M/o Steel is also developing its sectoral plan.
- State Engagement
- State Logistics Policy: To bring holistic focus on ‘logistics’ in public policy at the State level, States/UTs are developing State Logistics Plans (SLPs) aligned with NLP. So far, 22 States have notified their respective State Logistics policies.
- Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS): An indigenous logistics performance index on the lines of the World Bank’s LPI, called the ‘Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS)’ index for logistics performance monitoring across states has been developed. The survey is conducted annually and States are ranked according to their performance. The main objective is to identify areas of improvement and support State Governments to undertake adequate infrastructure, services and regulatory reforms to improve their logistics performance. The LEADS 2023 report will be unveiled soon.
- Logistics Cost Framework
- The Logistics Division, DPIIT, has initiated an endeavour to estimate Logistics costs since no official estimates are available and they vary from 8-14% of GDP.
- In the past studies in the private sector (Armstrong & Armstrong and NCAER):
- Armstrong & Armstrong – 13% of GDP;
- NCAER, 2018 – 8.10% of GDP.
- Hence a need was felt for developing accurate estimates based on holistic data and relevant statistical models.
- In March 2023, the Government organized a workshop with international experts to brainstorm on best practices.
- Task Force with members including Senior Officials from concerned line Ministries and experts from academia, industry and think tanks, notified in March 2023.
- Several meetings of the Task Force were held.
- Using secondary data available in the public domain baseline estimates for logistics cost achieved (using MOSPI’s Supply Use Tables). A long-term survey-based framework for logistics cost calculation was developed.
- Despite data limitations (data available in the public domain is mainly aggregated estimates of transportation cost). This estimate will be used as a baseline for carrying out comprehensive trend analysis in future. This long-term survey-based study will help in arriving at robust logistics cost estimates at a disaggregated level so that targeted interventions across sectors/modes can be undertaken.