New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that India is on course to be an economic superpower with the country getting more investment in the past fiscal than China and the United States.
“India is the fastest growing economy in the world. In the past fiscal, the country witnessed more investment (of about USD 51 billion) than China and the US. The day is not far when our country will become an economic superpower,” he said.
“There was negativity for Indian economy before Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. In his regime, the growth rate reached 8.4 per cent. In past two years it reached 7.6 per cent from below 6 per cent. In 10 years of UPA regime, there was decline in GDP,” he said during a programme at Charbagh railway station in Lucknow.
Terming the Railways as one of the the “best performing sector”, Mr Singh said several lakh crores of rupees were invested in it.
“In the days to come, passengers will get more facilities than those available in developed countries,” he said.
Expressing the desire of introducing circular trains in his Lok Sabha constituency Lucknow, the Union Minister said, “Railways have to decide, if its feasible.”
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said the investment in the sector has grown from Rs. 48,000 crore to Rs. one lakh crore last year and will be further increased to Rs. 1.21 lakh crore.
“The target of the Railways Ministry is to get an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore by 2020,” he said, adding that projects worth Rs. 27,000 crore have been sanctioned for Uttar Pradesh.
On the occasion, RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railway, launched its high speed public WiFi service in collaboration with Google.