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India on the path of becoming economic superpower: Rajnath Singh

India is the fastest growing economy in the world with the country witnessing more investments in past fiscal than China and the United States, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

India on the path of becoming economic superpower: Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh


"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."

"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 the "best performing sector", 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 here, the Union Minister said, "Railways have to decide, if it’s 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 Wi-Fi service in collaboration with Google.

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