– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: Indian government has invited ship owners worldwide to now flag their ships in India to take advantage of its Make in India policy in respect of transportation of Government cargoes.
“With a modern maritime administration, continuous supply of trained seafarers, ship management skills already available, it is estimated that the Make in India policy will provide an opportunity to at least double the number of Indian flag vessels in the immediate term – from the present approximately 450 to at least 900 and more over a period of 3 years,” a Ministry of Shipping spokesperson stated here on Saturday. This according to the ministry, would leave further scope for additional investment in the Indian flag tonnage.
In this context, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping, has reviewed the readiness of Indian shipping for implementation of the Government’s Cargo Transportation Policy, a ministry release stated.
It may be mentioned that the Indian government had revised its , among others, of all services. Under the revised policy, no global tender enquiry shall be issued, except with the approval of the Competent Authority, for the procurement of all services with estimated value of purchases less than Rs. 200 crores.