Gujarat tops Ease of Logistics Index 2nd time in a row

Gujarat, the homeland of prime minister Narendra Modi, has once again topped a survey of logistics ease in the country. Punjab and Andhra Pradesh closely followed Gujarat in the perception-based index of the mobility of goods and efficiency of the logistics chain.

The survey known as Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) is an initiative of commerce and industry ministry has placed Gujarat on top for the second consecutive year.  Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal released the report on Wednesday.

LEADS is based on indicators such as infrastructure, services, timeliness, traceability, competitiveness, security, operating environment and efficiency of regulation. The index is developed by the commerce and industry ministry along with Deloitte.

“The LEADS Index is an effort by the commerce and industry ministry to establish the baseline of performance in the logistics sector based on the perception of users and stakeholders at the state level,” the ministry said in a statement.

The index is based on the analysis of perception with regard to nine parameters, including infrastructure, quality of logistics, services, timeliness of cargo delivery, regulatory process and safety of cargo.

Among the union territories, Chandigarh occupied the top position followed by Delhi and Puducherry. Chandigarh has replaced Daman and Diu in the latest logistics performance index.

In the Northeast or the hilly terrain, Tripura retained the top spot. It was followed by Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh stood at the end in the index. Bihar ranked at 20th position

LEADS 2019 has expanded its coverage to look at both domestic and international trade. Initial overall construct adopted in 2018 is intact, it also addresses aspects pertaining to domestic trade and informs policy or action planning by states.

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