San Francisco: Speaking at the Global Indian Technology Professionals Association (GITPRO), Union Minister Nitin Gadkari invited Indian IT professionals in the Silicon Valley to actively participate in India's startup movement.
Gadkari asked Indian professionals to bring their innovations and technologies to India in key sectors of the economy, particularly in the infrastructure sector like roads transport, highways and shipping as well as in the road safety programmes.
The Minister for Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping also assured the entrepreneurs from the US all possible assistance in making the ease of doing business a hassle-free process.
Highlighting some of the key achievements of his ministry, Gadkari, who is on a week-long official visit of the US, said he has ordered equipment from Australia to construct a road to Manasarovar from Uttarakhand via Himalaya.
He said that average road construction per day had been 2 km per day and it has now reached to 20 km per day and he promised that by next April it would be 41 km per day.
In a meeting with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) members from its local chapter in Silicon Valley, Gadkari shared his ministries' policy innovations with a view to motivating young creative minds to turn up ideas into action in the new Indian scenario which he said will help in job creation.
During his meeting, Gadkari explained at great length the relaxation of rules and regulations and other procedural bottlenecks in the departments under him which he emphasised have made things simpler and easier for potential investors in India in the infrastructure sector.
Gadkari also visited Boom Energy establishment and evinced keen interest in the next generation energy generation system with modern technologies, a media release said.
In his address to a meeting organised by the Overseas Friends of BJP, Gadkari said the positive impact of Indian policy initiatives in road transport, highways and shipping sectors have given a boost to the Indian economy which is now growing as one of the emerging economies in the world.
During his interaction, Gadkari said IIT and IIM graduates from India working in the US were "excited about the success story of India" in the last two years and were enthusiastic about making a positive contribution to the growth and progress of their country of origin.
(With PTI input)