Citing a shortage of 22 lakh drivers, Gadkari said that the level of employment, as well as industry, need to grow in the country.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at News18 Chaupal.
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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said he will not allow driverless cars in India, which has a shortage of 22 lakh drivers. Speaking at an Assocham event here, the road transport and highways minister said, “Many times I am asked what about a driverless car? Then I say till the time I am the transport minister, you forget that. I will not allow a driverless car to come to India.” Stating that India has a shortage of 22 lakh drivers, Gadkari said there was a need for growth of employment as well as the industry in the country.
The minister also said vehicle scrappage policy was at the final stage, adding that “if we bring it then 100 per cent our cost will be reduced because raw material will be cheap and India will be world’s number one manufacturing hub with regard to automobile manufacturing, e-vehicle…And if this happens then definitely it will contribute a lot to (USD) 5 trillion economy.” The automobile industry at present is a Rs 4.5 lakh crore industry, the minister said.