“Govt should focus on NLP, tech & sustainability’

Sharing his expectations from the upcoming budget, Malay Shankar, CEO, ProConnect Supply Chain Solutions Ltd says, “In the post-pandemic reality, the logistics sector has been flourishing, contributing immensely to the national economic growth. Since the Indian government focuses on accelerating economic development, strategic announcements and changes for Supply Chain and Logistics Industry will have a wide-spreading impact. Here are some of the sector’s expectations from the government to fast-track the economy’s productivity. Firstly, the New Labour Code directly impacts the blue-collar workers who are the backbone of the logistics and supply chain industry. Bringing in more straightforward means of enforcing it, while ensuring social security and economic benefit to the blue-collar workers will fetch long-lasting results. Getting rid of ambiguity and having simpler ways of implementation will help industrial workers. Coupled with the supportive Digital India policies, the government can thrust on closing the digital gap that persists in the industry. With lucrative sops for players bridging this gap by skill training to their workforce, the government can boost leaders in the space to catalyse the digital evolution of the sector.”

He adds, “On the other hand, we really hope the government will strengthen the foundation of National Logistics Policy (NLP) and implement it to ease bottlenecks and reduce costs. Along with that, an improved road network will decongest roads, facilitate seamless transportation of goods and get better land value for the warehousing hubs. The sector is keenly looking at adopting greener practices. Offering tax benefits and incentives to the warehousing industry for deploying solar-enabled solutions and other green practices will go a long way in reducing the carbon footprint of the sector as a whole.”