DPIIT Holds Meeting with World Bank

  • To showcase ongoing and upcoming initiatives and reforms to improve India’s Logistics Efficiency to the World Bank Team.
  • Held under the chairpersonship of the Special Secretary (Logistics), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Smt Sumita Dawra in New Delhi.
  • The nodal officers of the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) dedicated team including Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), M/o Civil Aviation, M/o Railways, M/o Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), M/o Civil Aviation (MOCA), Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC) and members from World Bank participated.
  • Big data is being generated to improve the logistics efficiency of the country.
  • Will improve India’s ranking in the World Bank LPI.

Some of the reforms/ initiatives undertaken are summarised below:

LPAI

  • It has implemented a Land Port Management System.
  • To digitise operations and facilitate a secure electronic flow of information between all stakeholders at the Integrated check posts (ICPs).
  • Has implemented a smart gate for automated entry and exit (Land Port Petrapole).
  • Successful in meeting NTFAP’s target of reducing export release time from 101 hours to 22 hours.
  • The average import release time for Land Ports is 17 hours.

MoR:

  • It has planned 100% electrification of railway tracks.
  • The speed of track construction has increased by 3.6 times between FY 2014 and FY 2023.
  • Locomotive and wagon holding is expected to increase by 1.6 times and 1.8 times respectively from FY2023 to FY 20230.
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) has been increased to USD 31.2 Billion in 2024 to improve the speed and volume of freight transport.
  • The implementation of Eastern and Western dedicated freight corridors offers an average speed of 50-60 km, which is almost thrice that of regular railway tracks.

MoPSW:

  • It has launched NLP Marine, a National maritime single window platform encompassing complete end-to-end logistics solutions.
  • To help exporters, importers, and service providers exchange documents seamlessly and transact business.

CBIC’s:

  • ICEGATE (Customs Automated Portal) is for various APIs such as Bill of Entry, Shipping Bill, etc., and is integrated with ULIP.
  • Have digitized the application filing, processing, and digitally signed delivery of AEO certification for AEO T1 applications by way of launching the AEO portal.

MoRTH:

  • It has planned 35 multi-modal logistics parks (MMLPs), 108 port connectivity projects and 608 wayside amenities sites.
  • FASTag, an electronic toll collection system that employs Radio Frequency Identification technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it or directly toll owner has also been launched.

MoCA:

  • E-Air Way Bill (e-AWB) and e-Cargo Security Declaration are Digital Measures taken recently.
  • Implementation of e-Gatepass is due in September 2024.

LPl Updates:

  • Change in the LPI calculation approach is being considered by the World Bank.
  • In 2023, new KPIs that would measure the actual speed of trade around the world were introduced.
  • New KPIs are derived from large global tracking datasets covering shipping containers, air cargo, and parcels.
  • Some of the big data sources include Container tracking data, Global postal data: International express and parcels managed by postal services, Airway bill data by IATA, Ship tracking data, Import dwell time, Export dwell time, Airport dwell time and Postal Delivery time.
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