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Chairman's Message

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T. S. Balasubramanian
Member (Finance)

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          I extend my warm greetings and wishing a very happy and promising New Year 2024. 

 

1.2.    The Financial Year (FY) 2023-24 has come to an end. For Major Port Authorities, the year was promising with growth in cargo traffic and improvement in performance parameters.

 

2.1.    As port fraternity in India would be aware, the Major Port Authorities (MPA) Act, 2021 enacted by the Central Government of India has come into force from 3 November 2021. This Act replaces the earlier Major Port Trusts, Act 1963. The tariff fixation mandate of TAMP (under the erstwhile Major Port Trusts Act, 1963) stands withdrawn with effect from 03 November 2021.

 

2.2.    The MPA Act, 2021 provides greater autonomy and freedom to Major Ports in their decision making process. The Act also empowers the major ports to fix tariff for services rendered and for port properties. For Public Private Participation (PPP) projects, after commencement of the Act, Concessionaires are allowed to determine market based tariff.. 

 

2.3.     The said Act accompanied with the Tariff Policy/ Tariff Guidelines, 2021 issued by Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MOPSW) for Major Port Authorities and for future PPP Concessionaires, empowers and paves way for the major ports and the future PPP concessionaires to reach newer heights in terms of traffic, service, delivery, efficiency level and provide good competition to other ports.

 

2.4.     For the PPP concessionaires who bid prior to the 3.11.2021, the MOPSW has directed Major Port Authorities to fix their tariff following the extant applicable Tariff Guidelines.

 

3.1.     Under the MPA Act, 2021 the Central Government is to constitute an Adjudicatory Board which shall perform the functions other than tariff setting, viz. functions envisaged to be carried out by erstwhile TAMP arising from Tariff Guidelines, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2019 tariff Orders issued, adjudicate and pass orders on the disputes between the Major Ports and PPP concessionaires within the framework of the Concession Agreement, appraise, review and suggest measures for revival of stressed PPP Projects, look into complaints from port users against services rendered by Major Ports / PPP concessionaires and pass orders and look into matters referred by the Central Government or the Major Ports on Port operations and pass Orders / give suggestions

 

3.2.     Until the constitution of the Adjudicatory Board, as per the MPA Act 2021, TAMP discharges the functions of the Adjudicatory Board. 

 

3.3.      The Major Ports Adjudicatory Board Rules, 2023, have been notified by the MOPSW in the Gazette of India on 17 January 2023.

 

3.4.     The Regulations to describe the procedure to be followed by the TAMP/ Adjudicatory Board for discharging the functions, Schedule of Fees and Formats for filing of case/ application before the Adjudicatory Board have been firmed up.

 

3.5.     TAMP has taken up the cases received by it for adjudication. TAMP follows the consultative process and gives an opportunity of hearing in virtual form to the concerned stakeholders while discharging the functions. Based on totality of information obtained, TAMP passes speaking orders while discharging its functions as Adjudicatory Board.

 

3.6.    An e-filing portal is being developed to facilitate the parties to file application through online mode. This is also aimed to provide seamless and transparent process and also provide real time information to the parties.

 

4.    The audit of the accounts of the Authority for the year 2022-23 was undertaken by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India during the year 2023-24. 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 2022-23. The Audited Accounts for the year 2022-23 have been placed before both the Houses of Parliament.

 

5.1.     TAMP has implemented e-office for paperless file, easy tracking and retrieval of documents.

 

5.2.     The security audit of website of TAMP is done. Vulnerability assessment and Penetration Test (VAPT) of all the IT infrastructure are annually done to mitigate risks and vulnerabilities.

 

6.1.       Under the aegis of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” TAMP has organised Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign during 13th 15th August 2023 as per the directives of the Government.

 

6.2.       TAMP has observed the “International Yoga Day” on 21.06.2023 and in a run up to the said event organised lectures/ talk on benefits of Yoga with eminent personalities.

 

6.3.       TAMP has observed Hindi Pakhwada - 2023 from 14.09.2023 to 29.09.2023 to promote increase in the use of Hindi in its official work. During the Pakhwada, TAMP held various competitions in Hindi and felicitated the winners.

 

6.4.       TAMP has observed Swachhata Pakhwada-2023 from 16.09.2023 to 29.09.2023. TAMP has also organised Special Cleanliness Drive on Shramdaan under the theme – Garbage Free India on 1 October 2023 where all the TAMP employees participated to promote the cause of Swachhta. Further, since “Special Campaign 3.0” under Swachhata Action Plan is an all-time activity, the directives for cleanliness are continuously observed throughout the year and monthly reports are sent to MOPSW.

 

6.5.       In the year 2023-24, with an aim of ensuring transparency in the procurement of various assets/ items for the use of the Office and in line with the Government directives, TAMP has procured maximum of its goods and services through the public procurement portal i.e. Government e-Marketplace (GeM) i.e. 96% of the total procurement.

 

6.6.       TAMP imparted various relevant training courses to employees to upskill them as part of capacity building.

 

7.       Every employee serving under TAMP shall become an employee of the Adjudicatory Board. The employees are geared up to ensure smooth transition from TAMP to the Adjudicatory Board. All necessary steps are being initiated in this direction

 

8.       I am confident that the transition to Adjudicatory Board will be smooth and without any glitches.

 

9.       The achievements 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 am confident that role and functions of the Adjudicatory Board mandated under the MPA Act 2021 will also be accomplished with the active co-operation of all stakeholders.

 

10.       Our endeavour is to continuously develop and grow making the best possible contribution to the port fraternity viz. Major Port Authorities, PPP Concessionaires and Port users.

 

11.       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.

 

                                                     

                                                     

Date: 01.04.2024        (T.S. Balasubramanian)
Place: Mumbai                                                                                                                                Member (Finance)

         

                                                                        





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