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Ports, Shipping & Waterways Ministry conference deliberates on making India self-reliant in maritime


NEW DELHI, MAY 21, 2023

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on Sunday started its Chintan Shivir at Munnar in Kerala, to determine the targets and deliberate upon the ideas of making India Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) in maritime, according to an official statement.

The Shivir was chaired and inaugurated by Ports, Shipping & Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal emphasized the ministry’s goal to educate and create awareness among the common people by highlighting the impact of the maritime sector in simple language and how it impacts the lives of the common people.

“Under the dynamic leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has achieved a new reputation globally and the Ministry in coordination with all the major organizations are working to further boost and implement the vision of our PM towards making India Atmanirbhar.” the Minister added.

Shripad Y Naik, MoS, MoPSW mentioned the excellent performance achieved during the FY-2022-23 in all aspects of port operations. “The MIV 2030 launched under the leadership of PM Modi has led the blueprint of the actions that would lead us towards making India one of the leading blue economies of the world and we should try to achieve the determined targets,” he said.

On this occasion, Shantanu Thakur, MoS, MoPSW said,” India is one of the leading economies of the world and the considerable amount of work has been done towards infrastructure documentation in the Ports enhancing ease of doing business, increasing the share of renewable energy in the sectors and promoting ship building and ship repair”. He added that now we should focus on making India a hub for Maritime training and strengthening Maritime institutions.

At the conference, an exclusive session with the HoDs of the major ports focused on the innovative ideas of the ports, it added. The other session focused on lighthouse tourism and how to become a global player in shipbuilding and enhance India’s tonnage. The statement said apart from this, the participants from various organisations shared valuable insights, paving its way for informed decision-making and effective implementation strategies.

The day two of the Chintan Shivir will focus on cargo handling by Major Ports, improving and optimizing port call procedures, digitalization and standardization, Inland waterways and coastal shipping enhancing cargo and good governance, it added.

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