Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya recently exhorted domestic companies to step up manufacturing of critical products like cranes for cargo handling at ports.

Minister of State for Shipping, and Chemicals and Fertilisers Mandaviya said this while interacting with select CEOs from northern region organised by industry body CII over virtual platform.

“To push the Prime Minister’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan‘ we have decided to procure ‘Made in India’ cranes for cargo handling at ports.

“So far, India imports cranes worth abut Rs 1,000 crore annually. Indian industry should come forward in this area and can build it in joint venture. This will not only create employment but would also result in self-sufficiency,” Mandaviya said.

Swadeshi is one of its pillars.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat definitely implies reducing dependence on others, but it does not necessarily mean shutting the window to the rest of the world.

We should aim to produce or manufacture critical products in India.

Mandaviya said that safeguarding is not the solution and the Indian industry has to become competitive to stay in the global market.

Outlining his vision to make the Indian industry competitive, he said there is a need to reduce the logistics cost, which is quite high in India at 14 per cent as compared to 9 per cent in other countries.

He said the Centre is building a network of Inland waterways in India, which will reduce the logistics cost for the industry.

“Varanasi to Haldia 1,400 km of inland waterways has been made functional. More than 700 vessels ply on this route now,” he said and added that about 4,000 km of waterways is ready, including other waterways.

Nikhil Sawhney, Chairman, CII Northern Region, said COVID-19 has hit the Indian economy hard.

CII appreciates government’s initiatives to support the citizens and the industry through these trying times, he said.

The interaction was joined by around 100 CEOs from north India.

Source:- Daily Shipping Times