up the process of government clearances for industry, build an environment more conducive to trade and industry and increase investment in the economy.
"A special cell has been set up to help big projects with clearances. The Cabinet Committee on investment is working to remove hindrances in the way of stalled projects," he said.
Singh said there had been good progress in the last 9 years in the infrastructure sector in areas such as roads, railways, power, civil aviation, ports and telecommunications.
He mentioned that telephone connections in the country has now reached 73 per cent from only 7 per cent in 2004.
"In rural area, this figure has gone up from 2 to 40," he said.
"There has been a record addition to our capacity for electricity generation," he said.