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Shri Binoy Kumar,IAS Special Secretary (Logistics), Ministry of Commerce & Industry visits Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

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Date: 15/01/2018
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Emphasis on reduction of logistics cost and time

Mumbai, January 12: Shri. Binoy Kumar, IAS, (Logistics), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Shri Rabindra Agarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ports, Ministry of Shipping, paid a visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on December 30, 2017.
The Government of India has kicked off an ambitious National Logistics Plan to allow seamless movement of inputs and finished goods across the country. In a first of its kind move a Logistics division has been set and in this context the newly appointed Shri Binoy Kumar, IAS,(Logistics), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry along with Shri Rabindra Agarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ports, Ministry of Shipping, paid a visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on Thursday.
Shri Kumar and Shri Agarwal were welcomed by Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman in-charge JNPT. Both officials were taken around the port where they were shown the port operations, Gate automation, Yard operations, ICD operations, VTMS, Document processing zone in holding yard, CCTV surveillance along with other Ease of Doing Business initiatives taken by the port. A detailed presentation was given on the current performance of the Port and the ongoing development activities.  
Shri Kumar and Shri Agarwal also held discussion with the stakeholders to identify the bottlenecks in making logistics chain efficient. The stakeholder meeting was attended by representatives from CSLA, MANSA, CFSAI, AMTOI, Textile Committee, BMCTPL and NSIGT. Addressing the stakeholders, Shri Binoy Kumar said, “The government will work closely with all stakeholders to improve the logistics facilities with the ultimate aim of increasing speed in logistics and reduce costs.
Shri Rabindra Agarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ports, Ministry of Shipping urged all stakeholders to make use of the Port Community System and contribute in making it more robust and efficient by raising their concerns and suggestions.
Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman in-charge, JNPT said, “The Government of India is fully focussed on improving the logistics sector in India which will give a great impetus and a boost to foreign trade and will attract sizable foreign direct investment into logistics sector in general and ports in particular”.
JNPT has been consistently improving its volume and turnover as many trade friendly measures implemented by the port is being fully supported by EXIM trade community. Several steps under ease of doing business and introduction of Direct Port Delivery (DPD) facility have substantially contributed in decreasing the transaction cost and time. The trade has started realising the benefits of DPD facility as the share of DPD has improved to more than 30 per cent in the last few months from 3 percent share last year.

 
Photo Caption : Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman in-charge presenting memento to Shri Binoy Kumar IAS Special Secretary(Logistics), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, in the presence of senior officials of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

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