Nitin Gadkari roasted officials at NHA event. He explains why he got ‘annoyed’

Ownership, transparency and corruption-free system are very important in order to implement the projects launched by the government, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday during the 18th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Gadkari was commenting on his remarks during the opening of the new National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) building in Gujarat last month. Gadkari had lashed out at non-performing officials during the virtual opening and on Friday he pointed out what was amiss.

“Unfortunately, that was really a wrong thing. There was some problem, some fault with some of the officials who were not taking decisions. So, I advised them that ownership is very important. Transparency, corruption-free system, fast decision-making process and commitment for quality are very important,” he said. “We are working for the nation. These are the projects which are the ornaments of the nation,” he said.

As an example of the “lot of good people doing excellent jobs”, Gadkari talked about the Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, to ensure all-weather connectivity between the Srinagar Valley and Leh. The minister said officers worked hard to save Rs 5,000 crore on the project. “My reaction was spontaneous related to that NHAI project and that day I was annoyed,” he said.

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