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Logistics Performance Index 2023: States and UTs Recognized for Achievements and Challenges

The Commerce and Industry Ministry recently released the fifth LEADS (Logistics Ease Across Different States) 2023 report, shedding light on the logistics performance of various states and Union Territories in India. The index serves as a crucial gauge for evaluating the efficiency of logistical services, crucial for driving exports and overall economic growth.

Achievers: 13 States and UTs Leading the Way

  • Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, and Gujarat are among the 13 states and Union Territories recognized as “achievers” in the logistics index chart for 2023.
  • Notably, the number has reduced from 15 to 13 states this year, with Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand transitioning to “aspirers” and “fast movers” categories, respectively.
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Logistics Performance Index 2023: States and UTs Recognized for Achievements and Challenges

Rising Stars: Sikkim and Tripura Move Up

  • Sikkim and Tripura showcased commendable progress, moving from the “fast movers” category in 2022 to the coveted “achievers” category this year.

Consistent Achievers

  • Delhi, Assam, Haryana, Punjab, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh maintained their status as “achievers” in the logistics performance index.

Fast Movers

  • Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry have been categorized as “fast movers” in the report.

Aspirers: States with Growth Potential

  • Goa, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh fall under the “aspirers” category.

Report Highlights and Recommendations

  • The report ranks states based on their logistics ecosystem, addressing key challenges faced by stakeholders and offering recommendations.
  • Emphasis on improving logistics performance is crucial for enhancing the country’s trade and reducing transaction costs.

Minister’s Vision: Logistics Sector’s Role in Economic Growth

  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal emphasized the pivotal role of the logistics sector in propelling India’s economy to a USD 35 trillion mark by 2047.
  • He cited a report by the economic think tank NCAER, estimating the country’s logistics cost in the range of 7.8% to 8.9%, with a target to bring it down to 5-6%.
  • Goyal outlined government measures, including substantial investments in infrastructure development, to cut logistics costs.
  • Suggestions for the industry include focusing on skilled manpower, enhanced state participation, and leveraging technologies such as AI, blockchain, and data analytics to reduce carbon footprint and foster growth in the logistics sector.

Important Questions Related to Exams

Q: What is the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2023?

A: It’s a report by the Commerce Ministry evaluating the efficiency of logistical services in Indian states and UTs, crucial for exports and economic growth.

Q: How many states and UTs are recognized as “achievers” in the LPI?

A: 13, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, and Gujarat.

Q: Which states moved up in the rankings?

A: Sikkim and Tripura transitioned from “fast movers” to the coveted “achievers” category.

Q: What’s the vision outlined by Minister Piyush Goyal?

A: Goyal aims for the logistics sector to propel India’s economy to USD 35 trillion by 2047, with measures to reduce logistics costs and leverage technology.

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