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The existing IWT logistics chain, involves a number of stakeholders playing different roles at various stages.
As per recommendations of proposed low carbon strategy for IWT sector, it was agreed to establish an empowered working group for Inland Waterways promotion. This group shall provide requisite forum for joint assessment of various barriers faced and periodic monitoring of implementation of various recommendations especially issues relating to their respective department.
Specifically, the group is expected to play the following roles:
The JWG shall have a tiered structure with following types of members:
1. Core members: The key agencies having active and continuous operational roles & responsibilities across various stages of Logistics chain for Inland Waterway Sector. These include;
These core members shall form the necessary quorum in monthly meetings of JWG.
2. Invitee members: Other agencies having peripheral role across Inland waterway logistics chain and may be responsible for a specific non-recurring intervention like new connecting road, traffic management etc. Ministry of Shipping or JWG may invite these agencies to participate in monthly meetings on “as-needed” basis. Examples of such agencies include:
The Joint Working group meet atleast once a month and will be further supported by program coordination unit for IWT sector, proposed to be setup under Ministry of Shipping.
It is imperative that the working group is sufficiently empowered to ensure participation by various stakeholders and effective coordination among its constituent members. Thus, the proposed joint working group should ideally be headed by suitably high ranking official, reporting directly to Secretary, Ministry of Shipping. Lastly, JWG will be an advisory and monitoring body. It would not be a decision making authority on behalf of its members.