Mumbai : Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said, “Infrastructure development is the backbone of the economy and we need to invest in it adequately. Besides, it also creates employment opportunities.” He also said that the NDA government is keen on boosting investment in the shipping sector with a special thrust on promoting inland water transport and coastal shipping. He also promised welfare measures for sailors.

While speaking at the International Day of the Seafarers in Mumbai, Gadkari further said, “If ports are developed and connectivity is improved then India can be counted as a country with good water transport. This option will not only be more cost effective but also save a lot of time and less polluting.” He added that for this purpose, government is considering to launch ‘Pradhan Mantri Jal Parivahan Yojana’ on the lines of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’.

International Day of the Seafarers’ is observed on June 25 every year and is also a part of the United Nations’ annual list of observances.

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