According to news agency sources, he Commerce Ministry is seriously considering an industry proposal to set up a separate logistics unit to deal with the issues, including rising costs impacting global competitiveness of exporters. Currently, there is no single department or ministry to look at all the aspects related to logistics covering various modes of shipment such as air, sea, roads and railways. The sources further maintained that the proposal is under discussion with the ministries concerned.
Earlier, exporters and logistics industry practitioners have demanded for a nodal point/ department to deal with the issues related to logistics. The ministry is undertaking a study to look at issues like shortcomings in logistics and ways to address that. According to the industry people, an umbrella body would help coordinate all aspects of logistics, which is currently managed by different departments.