T. S. Balasubramanian
Happy New year to all stakeholders. The busy schedule of life does not allow us to meet and greet personally. So, I warmly send my New Year greetings through this site.
2. As a part of consultative process in regulating tariff, TAMP so far during the year 2016-17, has organized 30 hearings jointly with the Ports, Port users, BOT Operators and prospective bidders for PPP Projects as well as for other tariff cases. Such joint hearings not only enabled the Ports / BOT operators to fine tune their tariff proposals but also acted as an effective platform for Users to put-forth their views / grievances. The Board of TAMP has met 5 times in the year 2016-17 so far. The Board decided 32 tariff orders of various Ports / BOT Operators, including estate related charges. The proposals of 10 Major Port Trusts out of 11 Major Port Trusts for general revision of their Scale of Rates have been approved by TAMP. The Scale of Rates while taking care of the interest of ports also provides enough flexibility to ports to levy lower rates to meet the competition. The proposal of the Paradip Port Trust for general revision of its Scale of Rates is under consultation process. I am confident that the self-set target of 42 tariff orders for this financial year would be surpassed.
3. The government came out with new policy announcements in the year 2016. One of the new policies is the Stevedoring and Shore Handling Policy made effective from 31 July 2016. The government has also issued Guidelines in October 2016 to operationalize the Stevedoring and Shore Handling Policy for normative tariff at the Major Ports Trusts. TAMP held an interactive session on 5 November 2016 with all the Major Port Trusts on the Guidelines for better understanding of formulation of the proposals by all Port Trusts. TAMP has taken up the proposals filed by the Port Trusts on priority basis to communicate the upfront tariff to them.
4. The other policy measure announced by the government is Performance Norms based Berthing Policy for prescription of Incentive/Penalty for handling bulk cargo at the Major Port Trusts. The Berthing Policy is drafted to regulate performance of vessels at berth with an intention to reduce turn around of ships & drive higher cargo throughput, adding to port’s revenue and unlocking value for trade; the Berthing Policy aims to improve utilization of port assets to increase Return on Investment on existing assets; the Policy would increase competitiveness of Major Port Trusts vis-à-vis private ports. The Performance Norms based Incentive/Penalty including Anchorage Charge has been determined for the two Dock system of the Kolkata Port Trust. The Proposals from some of other Port Trusts have been taken up for consultation.
5. The audit of the Accounts of the Authority for the year 2015-16 has been undertaken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. As per the Audit Report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General no audit paras on the Accounts of the Authority for the year 2015-16 are included in the Audit Report. The Accounts of the Authority along with Audit Report for the year 2015-16 has been placed on the Table of Rajya Sabha on 14.12.2016 and Lok Sabha on 15.12.2016.
6. As per the directives of the Ministry of Shipping about “Swachh Bharat” as a mass movement, ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ was observed from 1st April 2016 to 15th April, 2016 by conducting various activities related to cleanliness. All the senior level officials and staff whole heartedly participated in the drive. To continue with the mission, Special Cleanliness Drive was also carried out on 2nd October, 2016 on the eve of Birthday of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Further, as per the directives issued by the Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DWS), ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ is being observed every month.
7. TAMP is continuously recognized for its Quality Management System under ISO 9001:2008 and for Information Security Management System under ISO 27001:2013.
8. The accomplishments made so far would not have been possible without the active co-operation of all the stakeholders, more importantly, our small, but dedicated team of staff members.
9. We welcome your comments and suggestions on our functioning which will provide valuable feedback to us to effect necessary improvements within the statutory mandate and guiding framework given to us.
Date: 12th January 2017 (T.S. Balasubramanian)
Place: Mumbai Member (Finance)