While participating in an inter-ministerial review meeting of the draft National Logistics Policy last week, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal emphasized on inclusion of a national cold chain scheme in the policy. According to an official release, Goyal maintained that all efforts must be made for farm produce of food grains, fruits and vegetables to reach from farm to market with minimum wastage of time and among other things, this entails inclusion of a central scheme for cold chain in the action plan of the draft logistics policy. It will improve efficiency and reduces the loss in agri produce of farmers, he reportedly said.
Meanwhile, in his opening remarks at the review meeting, the commerce minister also urged that all the four ministries – Ministries of Railways, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Civil Aviation which have provided their inputs for the policy – must work in coordination with each other so that the 14% logistics cost of India’s GDP may be brought down to 9%. In the meeting all aspects of logistics related to railways, civil aviation, shipping and inland waterways, road transport, ropeways warehousing and cold chain were discussed in detail.
The Commerce and Industry Ministry is formulating the logistics policy so that India’s trade competitiveness grows, more jobs are created, India’s performance in global rankings improves and paves the way for India to become a logistics hub.