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TORONTO, March 24, 2010: After IT, it's decade of infrastructure in India: Kamal Nath-

Minister for Roads and Transport Kamal Nath said here that the next decade will be the "decade of infrastructure" in India and invited

Canadian-investors-to-participate-in-it. Speaking at a dinner gala by the Canada-India Business Council here Tuesday night, Kamal Nath said infrastructure was the buzzword globally and India offers great opportunities for investors. "Whether-you-look at East Asia, the US or Africa, the stress is on reinvestment in infrastructure - that is what will generate economic activity.''

Kamal Nath said, "If the last decade was the decade of IT in India, the new decade will be the decade of infrastructure. India faces the biggest deficit in infrastructure, with national highways accounting for just two percent of our total road network.''

Highlighting the government's plans to construct 20 km of roads every day, the minister said India has "embarked on the biggest infrastructure'' project which would need $500 billion in investment. "It is a huge challenge, but we have embarked-on-it.We have to transform the country.''

Massive investments in rural roads are needed as 70 percent of its people live in rural areas, he said. "That is where (rural areas) India's future growth will come from.''

"We cannot maintain eight percent growth rate unless we bridge the infrastructure gap. As India moves within confines of democracy, we face challenges of to make this growth touch all Indians. One is virtual India (that you see on the internet) and then there is a real India where 300 million people live on just one dollar a day. Reaching out to this real India is our biggest challenge,'' Kamal Nath said.

Referring to India's high growth rate despite the global downturn, Kamal Nath said, "There was no collapse of the system in India unlike other countries...our banks have given money to the government while governments in other countries gave money to banks (to tide over the crisis).''

Calling upon Canada to become partner in India's infrastructure development, Kamal Nath said economic cooperation will benefit people in both the countries. He said the two countries were working on an economic partnership agreement to boost their trade beyond $5 billion annually.

Summing up his mission here, he said, "In 2007, when I talked about the India story here, Canadians never looked beyond NAFTA (free trade agreement among Canada, the US and Mexico). But after the global crisis, Canadians are now asking questions about India. Last time, I told my story. But this time, I sold my story (to Canadians)."

Earlier, welcoming Kamal Nath to Canada, Stanley Hartt, chairman of the Macquarie Group which has created an India Infrastructure Fund to raise $2 billion for investment in India, said his group will invest in roads, airports, ports, power generation, power transmission and distribution, telecom towers, rail, and other infrastructure-related sectors in India.


March 21, 2010: North American companies are expected to meet 10 percent of India’s infrastructure requirements...Kamal Nath

India will woo Canadian investment in its infrastructure during the four-day visit of Minister for Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath to Canada from March 23.

During his visit, Mr. Nath will meet Canadian International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan, Transport Minister John Baird, and corporate leaders to give further push to economic ties between the two countries.

He will also hold discussions with premiers (chief ministers) of Ontario and Quebec — the two most powerful provinces of Canada — and Indian—born investor Prem Watsa who is known as the Warren Buffet of Canada. Watsa’s financial company Fairfax Financial Holdings has currently assets worth $27 billion.

Mr. Nath’s meetings with Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario and Premier Jean Charest of Quebec assumes significance as these come close on the heels of the visit of two premiers to India in December and January respectively.
The two premiers had signed multiple agreements on clean energy, environment, research and education and supported a free trade agreement between the two countries during their visit to India.

“Canada has a huge opportunity to enter India’s infrastructure sector which needs $500 billion in the current plan. Kamal Nath will look for private partners — banks, pensions fund, etc. — to invest in India’s infrastructure development,” Canada—India Business Council (C—IBC) president Rana Sarkar told IANS.

Mr. Sarkar said the Indian minister will also address the influential Economic Club in Ottawa where he will speak on ‘The infrastructure challenge before India,’ outlining India’s infrastructure requirements to keep up the high economic growth rate.
“The minister’s mission is to involve Canadians both as investors and infrastructure providers in India. Canada is one of the most solid economic jurisdictions in the world and it has solid investor groups who can play an important role in India ‘s development,” said Mr. Sarkar.

He said North American companies are expected to meet 10 percent of India’s infrastructure requirements.
Representatives of many top Indian companies, including Hyderabad—based GVK group and Punj Lloyd, will accompany the Indian minister.

Mr. who was here as commerce minister two years ago, has been pushing for a free trade agreement between the two countries…





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Sikh Community In Toronto Protest Kamal Nath's Visit to Canada

Minister Kamal Nath is accused of human rights violations for being a leader in India’s 1984 genocide of 3,000 Sikhs and the displacement of over 300,000 Sikhs.  On November 1st 1984 Kamal Nath was a member of Parliament and was witnessed leading an armed mob in which many of Sikh were burnt alive during an attack on a Sikh temple in New Delhi, according to NRI media