Official says arrival and departure of ships should be made known to people
Land management causing a problem in some ports
‘All ports should have independent vigilance officers’
MANGALORE: The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has planned to introduce mechanised handling of iron ore at the New Mangalore Port under the public private partnership, according to Rakesh Srivatsava, Joint Secretary (Ports) and Chief Vigilance Officer, Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways.
He was inaugurating vigilance awareness week at the port on Monday. At present, the port is handling iron ore manually.
Mr. Srivatsava said the ministry had written to the Indian Ports Association (IPA) to send weekly or monthly reports on the arrival and departure of ships at all ports in the country. The ministry in turn would send them to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). At present, comprehensive information to this effect was not available. This information would help cargo handlers.
“If anybody wanted to know about the status of arrival of cargo, such a person should be in a position to know,” he said. The CVC wanted the arrival and departure of ships should be monitored at the ministry level.
The Joint Secretary said that land management had caused a major problem in a few ports.
The CVC was of the opinion that a methodology should be devised by which computerised information was available on how lands of ports had been managed. This included details on land given on lease, when their term would expire, the present status of the land and so on.
“Arrival and departure of ships and land management are the two areas which the CVC is keen on,” he said. “We should be formally writing to all the port trusts to this effect shortly,” he said.
Mr. Srivatsava said transparency in administration was the need of the hour. “It is the buzzword now.”
He said that all ports should have independent chief vigilance officers. The in-charge chief vigilance officers might not be able to do justice to their work because of burden of the works. The ministry was making efforts to ensure that all ports had independent chief vigilance officers. “We have taken up this subject with the Department of Personnel,” he said.
P. Tamilvanan, chairman, NMPT, said the trust was making efforts to computerise details on its land management.
Ahamed Ayub B., Chief Vigilance Officer, New Mangalore Port, gave introductory remarks.