|The Logistics Sector in India is the backbone of the Manufacturing Industry. Just in Time and Lean Supply Chain are no longer cliches. They have become yardsticks for performance by Logistic Companies, given the highly demanding production lines of manufacturers.
Regulatory changes like the 'One Nation One Tax'- GST, and Govt flagship programs such as 'Make in India' and other measures for ease of doing business will result in increased velocity and quantum of cargo movement.
The Logistics Sector has become the focus sector of the Govt of India especially with a view to reduce the transaction costs which is presently 14% of the GDP. Improvements in infrastructure and welcome regulatory changes will definitely help in this regard.
Logistics Sectoris verymanpower intensive and even process driven transactions need to be handled by well trained personnel. This is one area where India has not had the benefit. Training in the Logistics Sector has largely been 'On Job' and only employees in the larger Logistic Companies have the advantage of some form of structured training. Obviously, this is not a satisfactory state of affairs.The Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSC) created as an Industry apex body by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a very progressive step taken to correct this.
Since its inception in 2015, LSC has steadily been growing and establishing itself in the skill eco system. Having articulated its scope encompassing 11 sub sectors it is a creditable milestone to complete creating the Qualification Packs and National Occupation Standards in these 11 sub sectors which I understand will be completed by this year end. This will form the basis for structured training for the entry level workforce in Logistics Sector for the first time in the country.
LSC is also putting in place institutional mechanisms for ensuring that the logistics sector have skill trained manpower. Setting up of Industry driven training centres, introduction of apprenticeship in logistics are pro-active steps in the right direction. Setting a target of 20 % of the manpower in logistics companies to be LSC certified by 2020 is an ambitious target which LSC is striving for. The cooperation of the Industry is a need of the hour.
I have been watching the LSC progressing in a sure and steady manner and I feel that is the right way to go. The Industry is keenly watching the efforts and am sure will benefit from it. It is just a matter of the time when the push turns to a pull as far as LSC certified manpower goes. I wish the LSC team all the best in discharging their challenging and onerous responsibility.