Bangalore: Rani Jadhav, a former bureaucrat, has been named the chairperson of the port tariff regulatory body that sets prices for the services provided at 11 of the 12 central government-owned ports in the country, according to an official notification issued last week. The Tariff Authority for Major Ports or TAMP was without a full-time chairman for two years. Brahm Dutt, secretary, department of road transport & highways, was asked by the government to act as the interim head of TAMP after the earlier chairman, A.L. Bongirwar, completed his five-year term on 17 October 2007.
Jadhav, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer belonging to the Maharashtra cadre, headed Mumbai port, one of the 12 central government-owned ports, for nearly six years.
Jadhav, 63 years, will have a tenure of two years. The head of TAMP is appointed for a period of five years with an age limit of 65 years. Jadhav is the first woman to head TAMP in its 12-year existence.
India’s 12 major ports are located at Mumbai, Navi Mumbai (Jawaharlal Nehru port), Kandla, Kochi, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Chennai, Ennore, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and Paradip. These ports together handled 530 million tonnes of cargo in the year to March 2009, accounting for some 72% of the cargo handled at all the ports in the country.
Of these, the Ennore port in Tamil Nadu is outside the scope of the port tariff regulator because it was set up under the Companies Act, 1956.
Whereas, the remaining 11 ports operate under the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.
TAMP was created in 1997 by amending the Major Port Trusts Act when India opened its door to private investments in the ports sector.