Asking more investment from the state-owned firms, Singh said, "I would encourage the remaining central public sector units (CPSUs) also to similarly pay attention to boosting capital investment.
"Public investment is needed at a time when the country is facing a difficult global environment and looking to domestic drivers of growth". Giving away the SCOPE excellence awards to top-performing PSUs, the Prime Minister said, "I am extremely happy to learn that 17 of our largest CPSUs have committed to investment plans amounting to Rs 1,40,000 crore in the coming year".
He also asked these firms, especially in the mining sector to scout for assets abroad for raw material security. "Notwithstanding the difficulties, we must step up our performance in mining, especially in production of coal, oil and gas," Singh said, adding companies in the mining sector should "seriously explore opportunities for such acquisitions".
The Union Cabinet recently approved a policy on acquisition of raw material abroad and the Indian missions have also been asked to chip in the strategic initiative.
Singh said India needs huge investments - both public and private particularly in the area of infrastructure. Assuring government support, he said, "we are of the clear view that both public and private sector need to work together to meet the demands of our rapidly growing economy".
Pulok Chatterjee, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, recently met PSU chiefs asking them to roll out their investment plans to boost the domestic demand.