PIB | 23 Jun, 2022
Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Piyush
Goyal on Thursday said that a separate category should be created to recognise the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector in the logistics sector.
Government of India hosted its first-ever National Logistics Excellence
Awards in New Delhi on Thursday. Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Piyush
Goyal along with the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash Sharma gave away the awards in 12 categories.
on the occasion, Goyal asked the industry to involve start-ups to become more
transparent and efficient. He said going forward, a separate category of
awards should be created for MSMEs in the logistics sector given the
role played by them.
Logistics Excellence Awards aim to acknowledge the many logistics
service providers in the country that have been able to display
innovation, diversity and efficiency.
169 entries and 12 categories for awards in its first edition, the
Ministry of Commerce and Industries undertook a year-long process of
identifying, categorising, and selecting qualified applications.
Expert Screening Committee of 18 diverse experts and a National Jury of 9
senior dignitaries was formed to make the final deliberations.
Goyal urged the industry to work with the
government to bring down the logistics cost from 12-14% to 7-8% as
prevailing in the developed countries.
The minister emphasized that the
expansion of infra spending from Rs. 2.5 lakh crore to Rs. 7.5 lakh
crore and Gati Shakti will benefit the logistics sector most with
investment across roads, highways, ports, airports, multi-modal
Goyal said that GatiShakti will help in efficient
planning and implementation, thereby ensuring that last-mile
connectivity related issues are not there. He also informed that the
government is actively thinking of promoting manufacturing of containers
Goyal appreciated the role played by the logistics sector during the
He said the resilient and efficient supply chains
developed by the operators in the logistics sector helped India overcome
the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and supported the growth in
trade seen over the last 2 years.
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Som Parkash Sharma
said that the availability of cost-effective logistics is critical for
growth of the Industries and Indian Economy and that adoption of
technologies and upgradation of skill levels of human resources engaged
in the sector is a must.
Anurag Jain, Secretary of the DPIIT, acknowledging the excellence
portrayed by the logistics sector, shared that GatiShakti, Atmanirbhar
Bharat, driven by many MSME and Startups of the country, make the
logistics sector very crucial to India’s economic ambitions.
addition to the Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) report
that measures that appreciates the endeavours of the State Governments,
the Logistics Excellence Awards will continue to be an annual exercise
recognizing excellence in logistics with the private sector in India.