New indicators likely to be added for states’ logistics ranking

In a move aimed at improving competitiveness of states on logistics, the government is likely to widen the ambit of perception-based index of mobility of goods and efficiency of logistics chain. The commerce department is considering adding new indicators such as rail and road connectivity, railway track and highway length, average speeds, performance of toll roads, and number and capacity of warehouse facilities to its Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) index, which is currently based on parameters such as infrastructure, services, safety of cargo, timeliness, track and trace.

“There is no point looking at states’ performance in isolation. The purpose of the ranking is to increase competition and improve performance. We are considering additional parameters,” said an official, who did not wish to be identified.

The first two editions of the LEADS index had ranked Gujarat number one. The state facilitation and coordination, and efficiency of regulatory processes, are also considered in the index at present. Average lead of cargo in rail, road connectivity and capacity as measured by the length of state highways, district and rural roads and warehousing capacity of FCI, Central Warehousing Corporation and State Warehousing Corporation are the proposed new criteria.