India indebted to former PM Manmohan Singh for economic reforms: Gadkari

New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the country is indebted to former prime minister Manmohan Singh for the economic reforms.

India needs a liberal economic policy with the intention to provide its benefits to poor people, Gadkari said while speaking at TIOL Awards 2022 event.

The economic reforms started by Singh as the finance minister in 1991 gave a new direction to India as it ushered in a liberal economy, he added.

“Liberal economy ke karan desh ko nayee disha mili, uske liye Manmohan Singh Ka desh reeni hai (The country is indebted to Manmohan Singh for the liberalisation that gave a new direction),” Gadkari said.

He recalled that he could raise money to build roads in Maharashtra when he was a minister in Maharashtra in the mid-1990s due to economic reforms initiated by the former prime minister.

Gadkari asserted that liberal economic policy is for farmers and poor people. He was addressing an awards function was organised by a portal ‘TaxIndiaOnline’.

He also said China is a good example of how liberal economic policy can help in the development of any country. To accelerate economic growth, he said India will need more capex investment.

The road transport and highways minister said the NHAI is also raising money from the common man for the construction of highways.

Gadkari said that his ministry is constructing 26 green expressways and he is not facing a shortage of money.

According to him, the toll revenue of NHAI will soar to Rs 1.40 lakh crore by the end of 2024 from Rs 40,000 crore per annum currently.