The financial year 2019-20 has ended. We have kicked off a new year 2020-21 in the midst of unprecedented times with COVID-19, However, it is a time to look back and take stock of the achievements/deficiencies and to look forward, to see what we need to accomplish.
2. I express my gratitude to all the stakeholders including the members of TAMP family for supporting the functioning of TAMP in the year 2019-20.
3.1 As a part of consultative process in regulating tariff, TAMP, has organized 42 hearings during the year 2019-20 jointly with the Ports, Port users, BOT Operators and prospective lessees of port lands 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.
3.2 The unprecedented COVID-19 breakout and nation-wide lockdown from 24th March 2020 has impacted everyone including TAMP. The activities planned for March 2020 could not be carried out fully. The Board of TAMP could meet only 5 times in the year 2019-20 and decide 43 tariff cases of various Ports / BOT Operators, including estate related charges. The last Board Meeting for the year 2019-20 scheduled in the last week of March 2020 to consider 5 tariff cases which were ready for disposal and another two targeted for disposal could not materialise due to national wide lock down from 24th March 2020 due to COVID 19.
4. The audit of the Accounts of the Authority for the year 2018-19 has been undertaken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. As per the Audit Report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General there are no audit paras on the Accounts of the Authority for the year 2018-19. The Accounts of the Authority along with Audit Report for the year 2018-19 has been placed on the Table of Lok Sabha on 28.11.2019 and Rajya Sabha on 02.12.2019.
5. TAMP has observed “Swachhata Hi Sewa” from 11.09.2019 to 02.10.2019. “Swachhata Pakhwada – 2019” was also observed from 16.09.2019 to 30.09.2019. Since the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” is an all-time activity, the directives for cleanliness are continuously observed throughout the year.
6. In the year 2019-20, based on the instruction of the MOS, an exercise for review of Reference Tariff Guidelines, 2013 has been undertaken by TAMP in consultation with the Major Port Trusts and the draft revised Reference Tariff Guidelines 2020 has been sent to the MOS for approval.
7. TAMP is continuously recognized for its Quality Management System under ISO 9001: 2015 and for Information Security Management System under ISO 27001:2013.
8. Looking back on 2019-20, we have to convene more meetings of the Authority during the year 2020-21 to dispose of more tariff cases compensating the setback suffered due to COVID-19. 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. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the employees of the TAMP for their immense contribution to achieve the accomplishments. I am confident that the tasks still we need to accomplish will be accomplished with the active cooperation of all stakeholders.
9. I welcome comments and suggestions of stakeholders on our functioning which will provide valuable feedback to us to effect necessary improvements within the statutory mandate and guiding framework given to us.