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In the wake of the Covid crisis, it is vital to revisit the National Logistics Policy to integrate norms and plans related to disaster management and business continuity. This was recently discussed with Pawan Kumar Agarwal (newly appointed special secretary – logistics) in an interactive session organized by FICCI and attended by representatives of different logistics associations.
The following aspects of the National Logistics Policy were discussed and the stakeholders were asked to get back to the government with their suggestions on how the Policy should change given this crisis –
- the need for digitalized logistics
- the need for logistics to have a single Point of Contact in the government for industry
- a plan for protecting investments of the logistics industry around the country in such times
- integrated development of logistics
- streamlining bulk cargo
- solving first mile and last-mile logistics
- making exports competitive in the global arena
- standardization of supply chain
- optimization of logistics assets
- promoting green logistics
All stakeholders and the secretary agreed that digitalization is an effective way to both maintain social distancing and to streamline freight movements.
We would request the trucking community to send in views on provisions that could be included in the National Logistics Policy to handle such extreme situations – please comment in the Comments Section below. You can also email us at (email@example.com) or whatsapp us at 99714 00000.
After all, the Policy would affect all stakeholders of this sector and awareness regarding the same is very important.