The central government has constituted a cabinet committee on infrastructure (CCI) today under the chairmanship of prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
''The committee will fast track the implementation of the infrastructure sector projects and monitor the performance keeping in mind the mandate of the government,'' a press release said.
The functions of the CCI include taking decisions in respect of all infrastructure related proposals costing more than Rs150 crore specifically those concerning energy, railways, roads and national highways, ports, airports, telecommunications, information technology, irrigation, housing and urban development with particular emphasis on rural housing and urban slum clearance.
It will also consider and decide measures such as fiscal, financial, institutional and legal aid required to enhance investment in the infrastructure sector, including grant of requisite approvals to facilitate private sector investment in specific projects; lay down annual parameters and targets for performance for all infrastructure sectors; and review the progress of infrastructure sector projects.
The other members of the committee include, Pranab Mukherjee, minister of finance, Sharad Pawar, minister of agriculture, food & civil supplies, consumer affairs & public distribution, Ms Mamata Banerjee, minister of railways, Sushil Kumar Shinde, minister of power), Dr Farooq Abdullah (minister of new and renewable energy), Jaipal Reddy (minister of urban development ), Kamal Nath (minister of road, transport & highways), A Raja (minister of communications & information technology), Dr. C P Joshi (minister of rural development), Kumari Selja (minister of housing & urban poverty alleviation), G K Vasan (minister of shipping), and Pawan Kumar Bansal (minister of parliamentary affairs).
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman, planning commission, Prithviraj Chauhan, minister of state, PMO, and Praful Patel, minister of state for civil aviation, will be the special invitees.