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Good Performer Must Be Given More Opportunity: Nitin Gadkari

"We need to change perceptions and adapt to the circumstances and requirements," says Nitin Gadkari

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The infrastructure sector plays a key role in India’s development, my congratulations to all the award winners for their excellent performance, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways on Thursday. 

While speaking at Assocham, he said, "We need to change perceptions and adapt to the circumstances and requirements. Understanding the financial and technical aspects holistically is the need of the hour." 

Gadkari added that the current environment where those working in the hydro sector are rejected in the road sector and those working in the road sector are rejected in the Railways sector needs to be remedied.

"Those with the capacity and experience to deliver quality work must be given the opportunity for better infrastructure," he mentioned. 

The minister also stated that it has become necessary that we take into account the cost factor while moving forward on the path of economic development.

"Work allocation must be on the basis of competency and the practice of issuing tenders just for show after departmental and area-wise decisions are already made needs to end," he added. 

Gadkari asserted that priority should be given to the experiences of previous works while awarding contracts to any company or contractor in the tender process and there should not be much emphasis on financial and technical criteria. 

Ajay Singh, President, Assocham said, “The high rate of development witnessed off late is because of the dynamic leadership and persistent follow up undertaken by the Union Minister."

He added, "It is not just road that has benefitted from his proactive leadership, we have undertaken a flight from Dehradun to Delhi using sustainable aviation fuel on the insistence of the Union Minister and we are working with him to ensure that one day every single airplane in this country will operate on plant based sustainable aviation fuel including those produced by recycling waste materials."

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