iLOG will close the gaps between the various technical solutions that are used in the national logistics value chain

It will include electronic registers as well as blockchain-based secure logistics document management

According to the survey, the government will also initiate qualification programs for logistics workers in the country

In the Economic Survey 2020-21, the Indian government recognized the need for stronger technology-oriented interventions for the increasingly critical logistics sector. The poll suggests Solutions for real-time monitoring of the logistics infrastructure by integrating various existing solutions through blockchain.

The survey was based on the announcements made in last year’s Union budget such as national logistics policy and looked at various programs and solutions planned by the government to create a more efficient logistics supply chain.

Real-time monitoring and iLOG platform

The two main developments in the works, according to the survey, include a logistics planning and performance monitoring (LPPT) tool for real-time monitoring of operational performance and utilization of the logistics infrastructure, and the India Logistics (iLOG) platform to bridge the gaps between the two different ones technical solutions in the national logistics value chain.

The LPPT will help monitor the utilization of infrastructure such as ports, airports, various corridors with national and state highways, inland container depots and more.

iLOG is being developed to integrate all of the logistics-related digital portals that have been used by the government over the years for customs clearance, international trade facilitation, cargo handling in seaports, and information and registration systems for cargo operations and vehicles. Because each of these systems took a different approach, there are critical loopholes that require manual or offline processing in different phases that the iLOG aims to resolve.

The system is an open API stack with secure exchange of logistical documents (Aadhaar and blockchain-based security protocols), platform for visibility and positioning of trucks, electronic warehouse registration, digital truck transport, logistics account number (LAN) and digital green corridor (e.g. low-emission Transport), digital port relief and system for tracking and managing containers.

Qualification for the logistics sector

Beyond the tech-centric plans, the survey estimates the logistics sector employs 12 million people, primarily engaged in land transportation, warehousing (warehousing and packaging), supply chain, and courier and express services. To equip these workers with the right skills, a school-level logistics and supply chain curriculum is being developed for grades 9 and 10. The courses are introduced in industrial training institutes (ITIs) and technical colleges as part of qualification missions by the central government and the state.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic in particular, the logistics sector has grown in importance like never before, as companies across the board have adopted these solutions.