Unwavering Echoes

In a realm of my sameness,
There is nothing new,
Many seasons passed, but monsoons are few.
Paper boats sink, I am soaked more in inks,
Through autumns’ burn, a longing turn .

Misty fogs glowing, blurry and veiled,
Lost of talks skipped, winter nights hailed.
At the City of kites, I choose my shade,
I made my sails , nothing was readymade
In the solitude, my path is laid.

Writing on, memories revives,
Seeking lost purposes, reflections thrives.
Under silent depths, breathless I stand,
I am earning to soar,
and grasping for slipping sand .

No novelty , just fleeting hues ,
Illusions are hidden,
truth appears diffused.
In chaos, solace I embrace,
Finding strength in pain’s fierce race.

No worries for the discord’s loudinng sound,
A non-round world, its secrets found.
Haters may scorn, critics assail ,
I accepted definitions even I am failed,
Through triumph and loss, I prevail.

Nothing is strange, unyielding to the fate,
Unchanged I stand, unwavering my state.
In a realm of my sameness,
There is nothing new ,
I am the same.

-Atul Shukla


शायद वो तुम ही थी

जब रात निहार रही थी
करुणाप्रेम सागर पर किरणे
स्वपन मार्ग में चुपके कदमो से
हुई मधुर कोलाहल तेरे कदमो की . ..

प्रथम घटा की आहट ने
बतलाया मुझको
शायद वो तुम ही थी जिसको सोचा था मैंने ।

उस शाम को जब निहार रहा हूँ मैं
टूटती किरणे बिखरी सागर पर
मिश्रित तरंग जल कण कण में ..!

मेरे नयनो के प्रकाश आँचल को
मोहित मुग्द करती
छूकर मेरे मन को !

शायद वो तुम थी ,
जिसको सोचा था मैंने !
पूर्णिमा के स्वेत अम्बर में –
जब चन्द्रकिरण भिखरी थी…
अनंत प्रेम नव नभ् मंडल में..
और ह्रदय गति भी माध्यम थी ।

सोचकर जैसे
स्पर्श मीन कोमल हाथो का
शायद वो तुम ही थी ..

जिसको निहार रहा था
अपने स्वप्न जीवन में
घड़ियों के चक्रों में
पल पल के उपवन में
जहा भी था अशांत मन चितवन

क्रंदन क्रीड़ा ह्रदय की थी जब भी
जैसे भी कही भी
शायद वो तुम थी
जिसको सोचा था मैंने ।।

लेकिन स्वपन काल के आँगन में
हैं जो आँचल प्रेम गगन का
सिमटा हूं खुद में
शर्म की अपनी कुंठा से …
स्वप्न में थी जो भी तुम ,
और अगर अब तुम वो दर्पण हो
तो बतलाओ मुझको !

शब्दों कब कर पाऊं मैं अब शीतल समर्पण
अपने कोमल स्वेत मन का अर्पण
और क्या ….
शायद वो तुम ही थी जिसको सोचा था मैंने !


पाता नही जाना किधर है

कुछ पाता नही जाना किधर है
मंजिल किधर है
क्या इसको समझपाना सफर है
कुछ पाता नही जाना किधर है

मुसाफ़िर होना क्या इतना सरल है
ये पल , सफल या असफल अविरल है

चुप हो जाना ,
खुद में छुप जाना क्या इतना तरल है
नई रहो में पहला कदम बढ़ाना
और शर्माना
ठहर जाना और फिर
निरंतर प्रयत्नों में अंतर कर पाना

और चिन्हित शब्दों की पहचान बन जाना
क्या इतना सफर है ?

जब कभी सोचता हूं
जाना किधर है
नई रहो में हिम्मत कर पाना
विफलताओं और सफलताओं दोनो पर मुसकुराना ।

न रुकना , न थकना और
नई रहो में , नए सफर में बेहतर करना
इस उमर में भी लगता है

पाता नही जाना किधर है , क्या ..
यही सफर है , या बस सफर है ?


Charged Depths

In the depths of memories, I sail away,
To sunsets ablaze at the close of day.
The gentle breeze whispers solace profound,
After voyages arduous, homeward bound.

Youthful years spent amidst the ocean’s sway,
Foregoing festivals, life’s grand display.
A sailor’s existence, a world apart,
In the realm of waves, I found my heart.

Now on solid shores, I stand, transformed,
Yet the sailor’s spirit within is warmed.
Sunsets cherished, their radiance unfurled,
A tapestry of colors that grace the world.

With each setting sun, I’m transported back,
To the life I lived on the ship’s steadfast track.
Where salt-stained hands and relentless desire,
Ignited dreams that soared higher and higher.

Though landlocked now, my soul yearns to roam,
To chase the horizon, embrace the unknown.
But in memories held tight, the sailor’s glee,
Reminds me of a life that once set me free.

So I’ll treasure those moments, forever ingrained,
In the fabric of my being, a legacy unstrained.
For even on land, the sailor’s heart remains,
Enchanting my journey with vivid refrains.

-Atul Shukla

#lifeatsea #memories #voyage #ship #sailing #magntudes

Boosting India’s Supply Chain Ecosystem : Key Initiatives in Indian Budget 2022 and 2023

First blocks of Indian Supply chain ecosystem was not built during Mughals or British India but Indian economy always run through her supply chain since thousands of years . India was always a good source of resources and minerals that attracted foreign merchant and invaders towards her. World historians well wrote about this in their books however the same has been recovered in archeological sites of civilization in Indian Subcontinent. Inter geographical trades were always the backbone of development of human civilizations .

After gaining independence in 1947, India embarked on a journey of economic development, which necessitated the development of a robust and efficient supply chain. The country faced several challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, limited technology, and inefficient processes. Over the years, the government has taken several initiatives to address these challenges and develop the supply chain ecosystem in the country.

In the early years, the focus was on developing basic infrastructure such as roads, railways, and ports. The government established various regulatory bodies and implemented policies to promote trade and commerce. The liberalization of the Indian economy in the 1990s led to the entry of several private players, resulting in increased competition and improved supply chain efficiency.

Today, India has a well-developed supply chain ecosystem that includes world-class infrastructure, technology-enabled processes, and skilled manpower. The government has also launched several initiatives to further improve the supply chain, including the National Logistics Policy, the National Logistics Data and Analytics Platform, and the development of dedicated freight corridors . Since past few years India has realised her potential to grow and indentified need of developing a robust supply chain ecosystem across India to connect border to border , rural with urban and act catalyst to growing economy of the country.

While there is still room for improvement, the development of the supply chain in India post-independence has been remarkable. It has played a significant role in the country’s economic growth and is expected to continue to do so in the future.

The Indian budget of 2022 and 2023 has brought about significant changes in the country’s economic landscape, with special emphasis on the supply chain management sector. The government has recognized the need for a more efficient and robust supply chain system to ensure the smooth functioning of the economy.

In the budget of 2022, one of the key initiatives announced was the creation of a National Logistics Policy. This policy aims to streamline the logistics sector and reduce the cost of logistics for businesses. The policy is expected to create a unified and integrated platform for the logistics industry, which will reduce the complexity and fragmentation that currently exists in the sector.

Another significant initiative announced in the budget of 2022 was the creation of a National Single Window System for Customs Clearance. This system aims to streamline the customs clearance process and reduce the time and cost involved in importing and exporting goods. This system will also facilitate the exchange of information between various agencies and stakeholders, making the entire process more transparent and efficient.

The budget of 2023 has continued the government’s focus on supply chain management. The budget announced the establishment of the National Logistics Data and Analytics Platform, which will enable the collection and analysis of logistics data from various sources. This platform will provide valuable insights into the performance of the logistics sector and help in the development of data-driven policies for the sector.

Another significant initiative announced in the budget of 2023 is the creation of a National Supply Chain Council. This council will be responsible for the development of a comprehensive supply chain management strategy for the country. The council will work with various stakeholders in the logistics sector to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the supply chain and develop strategies to address them.

Furthermore, the budget of 2023 has also proposed the establishment of a National Logistics Promotion Board. This board will be responsible for the promotion of the logistics sector in the country and will work towards attracting investment in the sector. The board will also work towards the development of logistics infrastructure in the country, which is critical for the growth of the sector.

Here are some of the key budget allocations related to supply chain management in the Indian Budget 2022 and 2023:

Indian Budget 2022:

Supply Chain Infrastructure:

1. Rs 2,023 crore has been allocated for the development of infrastructure for the National Logistics Policy.

2. Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated for the development of ports and other related infrastructure.

3. Rs 1,624 crore has been allocated for the development of road transport infrastructure.

4. Rs 150 crore has been allocated for the development of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

Supply Chain Management:

1. Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the development of the National Single Window System for Customs Clearance.

2. Rs 1,700 crore has been allocated for the development of the National Logistics Data and Analytics Platform.

3. Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated for the development of the Indian Railways’ freight business. ( With related to Point No. 2 in Supply Chain Infrastructure above)

Indian Budget 2023:

Supply Chain Infrastructure:

1. Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated for the development of the National Logistics Data and Analytics Platform.

2. Rs 1,476 crore has been allocated for the development of the road transport infrastructure.

3. Rs 575 crore has been allocated for the development of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

4. Rs 1,296 crore has been allocated for the development of ports and other related infrastructure.

Supply Chain Management:

1. Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated for the establishment of the National Supply Chain Council. ( With relation to Point No. 1 in Supply Chain Infrastructure above)

2. Rs 50 crore has been allocated for the establishment of the National Logistics Promotion Board.

3. Rs 500 crore has been allocated for the development of the Indian Railways’ freight business.

These budget allotments reflect the Indian government’s focus on the development of a robust and efficient supply chain management system in the country. The funds allocated for infrastructure development will lead to the development of world-class logistics infrastructure, making the supply chain more efficient and cost-effective. The funds allocated for supply chain management initiatives will lead to the development of regulatory bodies and the collection and analysis of logistics data, leading to more informed policy decisions and a better functioning of the supply chain.

In my opinion, I see a big leap of efforts by Indian government in strengthening the foundations of our Economy by revitalizing the roots of Supply chain ecosystem in India. These efforts will create an ocean of opportunities and also generate jobs which will further transform adjourned sectors of Indian economy.

Overall, the Indian budget of 2022 and 2023 has laid a strong foundation for the development of an efficient and integrated supply chain management system in the country. The initiatives announced in the budget are expected to bring significant benefits to businesses and the economy as a whole, including reduced logistics costs, improved efficiency, and increased competitiveness. As the country continues to focus on the development of its logistics sector, it is expected to emerge as a major player in the global supply chain management industry .

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When Sea was your Affairs.


The rolling waves, the endless skies,
My life at sea, with sails that rise.
A world apart, where every day
Brings new adventures, come what may.

In love with my job, the wheel my throne,
With ship operations, I felt fully grown.
When the world don’t have option known,
It made me choose life route of my own.

The sleepless nights, the roughest seas,
Passing port watch working like bees,
The challenges onboard, were part of me.
Sometimes Black coffee or sometimes tea .

But still, I loved it all, with every breath,
Unexpected problems, a test of my mettle,
Solving them with grace, my duty to fulfill,
A decade of memories, that time cannot still.

Remembering my helmet, and torn boiler suit ,
Sometimes Satc Egc , AIS , ARPA and GPS routes.

My uniform, my pride, a symbol of my life,
Living as a sailor, with courage and strife.
The winds may change, my journey may end,
But the memories remain, a treasure to spend.

All of sudden its farewell, to this world so wild,
With gratitude and joy, for the life I lived like a child.
Leaving without plans, a path yet to find,
The memories I carry, a treasure of my mind.

I loved Seas , Dark sailing night
that’s the story of motor tanker
Who stripped stripes from his shoulder
To quit drifting in love but to anchor his life.

By Atul Shukla

Magnitude of time

Time, an endless river,
flows with no end,
Through the eons,
it marches on and on,
A never-ending cycle,
forever to extend.

The magnitude of time,
beyond human comprehend,
A force that shapes our world,
and all that’s in it,
A mystery that we’ll never fully comprehend.

One more year has gone,
the future yet to begin,
The present is a fleeting moment,
in the grand scheme,
A tiny piece in the puzzle of time,
a mere pin.

But in that moment,
we can make our dreams,
And leave our mark upon the world,
A legacy that will last,
beyond our time’s extremes.

I am trying to make up the most
Moments of every second,
For time is fleeting,
and we’ll never know when,
this moment will come to an end,

This marine heart stopped concluding
Just banking myself,
With magnitude of the time,
Time an endless river…

Challenges for Supply Chain Managers

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Floating challenges for Supply chain managers

I have attempted to evaluate the hidden obstacles and expectations while working for ten years in shipping and as a key wheel as a seafarer, which is not only challenging but also stressful most of the time.

A single segment is frequently under a lot of pressure and has no way to release it. I have personally felt and observed how Chief officers and Captains are under pressure from their peers to complete often impractical goals when at sea when there are a variety of unforeseen obstacles present, such as bad weather, equipment failure, and maritime traffic.
Nevertheless, obligations were kept and business objectives were reached, but aside from this maritime sector, there are other intangible stiffs on land that are difficult for supply chain managers to manage.

Every day, supply chain managers deal with problems that almost all call for…

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National Logistic Policy 2022 : Game changing step for Indian Economy

-by Atul Shukla

I started my sea life in year of 2011 on Ship Chembulk Savannah , Singapore flag from Port of Recife , Brasil and during my 6 months of sea-time I got opportunity to sail across various maritime nations in American & European continent . I was too young to understand the regulations of logistics and trade ; However in my assignment and opportunity to Ship’s captain and Chief officer as trainee officer I got exposure to learn various expects of maritime trade , international regulations and logistic policies across the globe . On my second sailing at Ship Alpine Moment , Hong Kong flag I sailed across Mideast , Indian Subcontinent , South Pacific Asia and during my first visit to Indian ports , I realised a big voidness in quality of infrastructure , standards of operation and lack of uniformity in process and documentation across Indian ports .

Eastern and Western ports were not integrated and there were lack of uniform policies to regulate , there was no National Logistic Policy which made headache for Indian Officers to trade and carryout maritime operations within their own country waters, Indians investors and businessmen were forced to established world’s best ship management and logistic companies either in Singapore or in Hongkong because of the floating icebergs in Indian governance and poor business ecosystem .

India despite of having a largest share of Martime activities , one of the largest coastlines , Countries with highest no. of Merchant Seafarers who are sailing across the globe was lacking behind in many aspects and had blurred vision about her Maritime development and Logistic policy.


It was the year of 2015 when India was chasing her new potential to reach out the sectors which were left behind since Independence , On 12th March 2015 just 3 weeks before to Indian Maritime Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the commissioning of the ‘Barracuda’ in Mauritius changed the dynamics of the pace of Maritime development . He said

“To me the Blue Wheel or Chakra in our national flag represents the potential of the Blue Revolution or the Ocean Economy. That is how central the ocean economy is to us.”

India’s coastline is 7,517 kilometers long, and nine of those kilometers are coastal states with a number of ports that annually handle about 1,400 million tonnes of cargo. In value terms, 70% of India’s trade is handled via maritime transport. Due to its peninsular location, India has historically had maritime ties that have influenced trade, religion, and culture; these early ties, however, have since deteriorated. The emphasis of India’s international outreach has shifted nearly exclusively to the continent, particularly after independence.

Efforts & Realisation

The liberalization changes of the 1990s can be seen as a turning point for India’s priorities: it gave port development more attention and elevated its maritime position on the national agenda, but nothing was so successful as to move the needle thus far. Since 2014, when national policies were put in place to promote the development of the marine industry, a greater emphasis has been placed on expanding maritime capacity and outreach.

Early in the 1990s, policy directives and maritime logistics engagements started to take shape and grow, but they were stymied by ineffective leadership and a web of bureaucracy. It wasn’t until the second part of the decade that the discourse about these connections really took off. Many more parties are participating in the conversation today about maritime geopolitics, logistics, trade, infrastructure, ecology, and defense.

The Honourable Prime Minister of India launched the India Maritime Vision 2030 in March 2021, which has identified over 150 initiatives to strengthen. In order to achieve an accelerated and coordinated development of India’s diverse maritime sector, it was drafted after extensive consultation with over 350 public and private stakeholders, including ports, shipyards, inland waterways, trade bodies and associations, and legal experts. It comprehensively identifies over 150 initiatives covering all aspects of the maritime sector in the nation.

The facts include creating world-class port infrastructure, boosting freight and passenger traffic across inland waterways, improving logistics efficiency through technology and innovation, and setting the standard for a safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly marine industry. With the goal of fostering the expansion of logistics-intensive industries through port-led development, the government introduced the ambitious Sagarmala Programme in March 2017. However, as the program’s implementation progressed, it became clear that a national logistic policy platform was missing, which would have served as the dynamics’ framework and soul.

In response to the demand, the government created the MS Act 2022 and NLP 2022, two significant pieces of legislation that might make the dreams come true.

National Logistic Policy –

National Logistic Policy 2022 is built on the foundation of the Merchant Shipping Act of 2022 and the Major Port Authorities Rules & Regulation of 2021. National Logistics Policy is a comprehensive effort to enhance efficiency of the logistics ecosystem in India.

    — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2022

To advance India’s business sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the National Logistics Policy on September 17, 2022. On the same day that cheetahs were once again touched soil of India and represented that India is reclaiming her lost glory and resources back by her own efforts and Charisma .

The prime minister underlined the need for luggage to move quickly, like a cheetah, and mentioned that India spends 13–14% of its GDP on logistics, which is nearly twice as much as other wealthy countries do. The goal of the policy is to develop a logistics ecosystem in India that is technologically enabled, integrated, affordable, self-sufficient, workable, and reliable. Rapid growth will therefore be advantageous for India. India will seek to lower its logistics costs to parity with international norms by 2030 with the aid of the National Logistics Policy. It will also aid in the creation of data-driven solutions that enable decision-making for a better logistical setting.

The distribution network will be more effectively integrated, resulting in lower barriers, lower logistics and inventory costs, increased agility, and improved responsiveness. With the aid of the Multi-modal Logistics Park, which designates 35 locations across the country, new growth hubs will be established.

If India can successfully implement its National Logistics Policy, it intends to be able to realize its ambition of ranking among the top 25 countries in the Logistics Performance Index rating by the year 2030. In order to support PM Modi’s Gati Shakti-National Master Plan, the policy gives economic zones access to multimodal infrastructure

Features :-

The new logistics policy has four features: Integration of Digital System (IDS); Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP); Ease of Logistics (ELOG); and System Improvement Group (SIG).

The IDS integrates 30 distinct systems from seven agencies, including information from the departments of road transportation, railroads, customs, aviation, and commerce.

A new website called Ease of Logistics Services – E-Logs has been launched in compliance with the National Logistics Strategy. Industry organizations would be able to immediately address any such issues that are hindering their operations and performance with the government authorities through this platform.

“A thorough framework has also been put in place for the fast settlement of such cases,” PM Modi had to remark.

The Government’s Efforts to Improve Logistics. Previous initiatives and plans to enhance logistics were FASTag for faceless customs inspection and electronic toll tax collection. Gati Shakti is the most extensive of these schemes. There is a ton of information available on state infrastructure investments. There are 1500 layers of federal and state government data on the PM Gatishakti website. Infrastructure project tracking is now possible for ministries on a single platform.

Over the next four to five years, the Center intends to construct 200 airports, helipads, and water aerodromes in addition to almost doubling the 19,000 kilometer natural gas pipeline network that now exists.

Characteristics & Focal points :

In five years, the plan should lower logistics costs from 15% of India’s GDP to 8%. India must lower logistical costs to promote exports and boost the efficacy of homegrown goods.Lower logistical costs lead to higher productivity across a range of industries, promoting wealth creation and entrepreneurship. The government aspires to be among the top 25 countries by 2030 as measured by the Logistics Performance Index (LPI). The NLP will include the Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP).By consolidating transportation-related online services onto a single platform, exporters’ time and resources would be more efficiently used. Businesses would find it easy to address their issues and grievances with government agencies straight away thanks to logistics services.

Although large, Indian logistics is unorganizedThe policy aims to organize the megamarket and promote the adoption of blockchain and AI across the country. There should be a Logistics Coordination Committee in each Indian state. Every year, the LEADS index will be used to assess each state’s performance. To increase logistical effectiveness, the federal government will provide a model, allowing states to create their own