Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the infrastructure sector has huge job potential, and bamboo plantation along highways in the northeastern states can create two lakh jobs. He said sticks of incense, made from a variety of bamboo, worth Rs 4,000 crore are being imported from China whereas these varieties are available in northeastern states.

“The basic mission of the government is how to create more job potential…There is huge employment potential in infrastructure including highways,” said Road Transport, Highways and MSME Minister Gadkari while speaking at an event to unveil a report ‘Infrastructure Priorities for Job Creation in India’ by IDFC institute here.

The minister said that apart from road construction, which has now reached a pace of building 29 km a day, there is a huge job potential in highway projects.

He said India is importing Rs 4,000-crore incense sticks from China and currently, the government has increased import duty on this to 30 per cent.

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