Ramesh Kumar

 

Ramesh Kumar, an Economics graduate from the University of Madras, spent his entire career spanning 35 years in the world of publishing: print, TV and web focused on business/economics. He has worked in India and the Persian Gulf (2005-9), helping launch print publications, TV (news & current affairs) stations and websites.

 

He began his career with Macmillan India and traversed through various publications such as Gentleman, GFQ, Technocrat, Business Computers, The Indian Post, The Independent, Free Press Journal, Mid-Day (Bombay), Observer of Business & Politics, Business India TV (TVI), Jain TV, Doordarshan etc. Between 2005 and 2009, he was associated with United Media Services, Muscat, Oman as Group Editor of Oman Economic Review, Alam Aliktisaad Walamaal, Signature, Al Mara, OER Dossier; and moved as Strategic Editorial Advisor to OmanTribune, Muscat, Oman. He also advised INSURE magazine, published from Dubai Media City, UAE.

Until recently, he was one of three key founding-editors of Logistics Times. Now he is associated with the SAARC Centre for Transport Studies, a research outfit.

Besides, he regularly contributes to Automotive Logistics Magazine and Finished Vehicle Logistics Magazine of London, UK; and Logistics Insight Asia of Singapore. 

He has written a book, 10,000 Km on Indian Highways, based on his personal experience of travelling in trucks and trailers.

Increasing pollution along with increasing population in NCR of Delhi is too real a dilemma for all concerned. At the same time it stands akin to proverbial elephant which five intellectual, but blind, persons are busy identifying.

In a recent judgement, the Supreme Court has held that a driving licence which was fake or fictitious shall continue to be so even though the same had subsequently been renewed by a proper authority.

The number of accidents occurring on highways every day and the deaths / injuries resulting therefrom is harrowing. Trucks are being accused of being the main culprits. It is assumed that speed of trucks causes most of these accidents.

No person, in his right senses, could dissent with the serious concerns of the learned National Green Tribunal over ever increasing level of air pollution in the Delhi NCR.

 
The movement of goods by road becoming ever popular, both on intra-State and inter-State stretches, led to the emergence of organized Goods Transport Agencies (GTAs) owning fleet of trucks of adequate strength as being integral to their business.

Many Holding-up Moving Loaded Trucks for Routine Checking etc. Should be Culpable Offence.

A large number of Truck Operators, owning one or two vehicles, operated their vehicles, till the revised All India Permit for goods carriages replaced the erstwhile National Permit Scheme, under reciprocal / counter-signature permits. They used to hold their basic intra-state permit against the prescribed fee and operated in all parts of the home State. Many of them took Reciprocal / countersigned Permit and thereby they could operate as well in the State for which this Permit was granted.

Mobility, particularly of commercial cargo, is crucial as well as critical for socio-economic development of the country.

Many years ago an arrangement was made by the Government of India that whenever the price of crude oil increased or decreased in international market, the domestic price of diesel / petrol for customers in India shall be adjusted accordingly. This was called “International Price Parity”. However the Government was not earnest and particular in adhering to this arrangement. They, some times, did not reduce the price when needed and often let go the increase when required and often combined the defined hike with the future increase. 


We all know that for the past over 30 months the sale of trucks is fairly subdued. This is also common knowledge that the reason for this was the slump in economy,  world over. More notably, it is for the same reason that truckers are not replacing their fleet or buying new vehicles.