Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal, released the LEADS Index 2019 yesterday, during the inaugural session of the 2nd meeting of the Board of Trade in New Delhi.
As per the LEADS Index 2019, the top-ranking state in the logistics sector is Gujarat followed by Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. Among the hilly eastern states, Tripura is the top performer and among Union Territories (UTs) Chandigarh was selected as the best performing UT.
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. It provides the basis for stakeholder engagement, discussions and evolving action plan by various agencies. It is not an index of the performance of the state government but may be used to assess the status of logistics efficiency in each state.
The State Logistics Performance Index is arrived at using a ranking methodology based on a series of meetings with stakeholders and online surveys in the key areas of the logistics, like infrastructure, services, time lines, traceability, competitiveness, security, operating environment and efficiency of regulation.