In another step towards strengthening the Digital India move, the Government of India has rolled out Secured Logistics Document Exchange (SLDE) and a Green House Gas Emission Calculator. The move is likely to enhance ease of doing business, logistics efficiency, cut down logistics cost and promotes sustainability.
Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, in a release, said, “These digital initiatives have been launched to fill the gap in areas where no action has been taken either by private players or any of the line ministries.”
This is an effort from the Centre to digitise the manual process of generation, exchange and compliance of logistics. The SLDE platform will provide a secure and seamless digital document exchange system.
The SLDE platform will enable generation, storage and interchange of logistics-related documents through the digital medium using Aadhaar and blockchain-based security protocols. These security protocols will ensure data security and authentication, provide a complete audit trail of document transfer, faster execution of the transaction, reduced shipping costs and overall lower carbon footprint This will also enable easy verification of the authenticity of documents.
As per the Ministry, “The proof of concept of the platform has been developed and executed with banks (ICICI, Axis Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank) and stakeholders including freight forwarders, exporters, importers and vessel operators.”
Centre’s attempt to introduce a digital system for logistic operations, the SLDE platform, and a GHG Emissions Calculator to monitor GHG emissions and aid in opting for sustainable and right mode of transport for freight movement aim to bridge the gap areas where no action has yet been taken either by private players or any of the line ministries.