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Development of Integrated Cold Chain in India: Pattern, Performance and Prospects

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Volume 15 No. 4, 2019, 517-524
DOI: 10.5958/2322-0430.2019.00067.2
Indexed in Clarivate Analytics (ESCI) of WoS

Robin Singhal1 and Shalini Saksena*2
1Assistant Professor (Economics), School of Liberal Studies, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi
Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate, Delhi-110006, and 2Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, University of Delhi, New Delhi – 110023
*Corresponding author’s email: ssaksena@dcac.du.ac.in

ABSTRACT
Government of India (GOI) established the National Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) in 2011 as a nodal institution for developing Cold Chain (CC) infrastructure. NCCD (2015) assessed demand-based capacity requirements for CC infrastructure and highlighted the lopsided nature of CC development on account of (i) primary focus on building cold stores (CSs) and (ii) glaring demand-supply mismatch of CSs across states. This study attempts to empirically identify factors responsible for skewed distribution of CSs capacity by assessing performance of CSs across states over the five-year period prior to NCCD’s inception. The findings suggest that private investment decisions are driven by project’s viability and profitability and not prima facie government’s support, and underscore the need for NCCD to revisit its stance and take cognizance of other fundamental factors responsible for slow pace of investment in states with deficit capacity.

Keywords
Cluster development, financial and economic performance, infrastructure, integrated cold chain.

JEL Codes
L81, L88, M21, R30.

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