Modi to meet infrastructure ministers today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of infrastructure ministries including Road Transport and Shipping, Civil Aviation, Power and New and Renewal Energy tomorrow to take stock of projects and chart out future course of action.
"The meeting to be chaired by the Prime Minister would be attended by Ministers and secretaries of various ministries related to infrastructure and discuss the way forward," a source said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal, who holds the three portfolios – Power, Coal and New and Renewal – among others are expected to be present in the meeting. Besides, secretaries of these departments would also be present.
The PM is likely to take stock of the infrastructure development activity and discuss ways and means to provide a fillip to the sector to push economic growth. Infrastructure is a thrust area of this government and high on the agenda of the Prime Minister. The Finance Minister in the Budget speech had announced several measures to boost infrastructure development in the country.
One of the announcements was conversion of excise duty on petrol and diesel to the extent of Rs 4 per litre into Road Cess to fund investment in roads and other infrastructure.