It started in the mid-April, from then everything that happened in Uttar Pradesh depict the three months period as the era of reforms. All this happened due to the newly elected Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. With a highly prolific background proclaiming his immense political experience, Yogi has taken such steps which no other political person has ever dreamt of pursuing.
This Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader is now about to complete 100 days as Chief Minister, on this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi will be in Lucknow on 21 June to take part in the International Yoga Day celebrations along with Yogi, the state government is planning to give its first report card when the state government completes 100 days on 25 June. Chief minister Adityanath along with all his cabinet ministers will be present at the event. BJP is also planning to hold a public meeting.
Just a few days before this occasion, the state government is giving the final touches to the farm loan waiver it had announced in April in the first cabinet meeting. The celebrations also coincide with the budget session which is likely to start in June-end. Adityanath had decided to waive farm loans totaling Rs36,359 crore which the government says is expected to benefit at least 21.5 million small and marginal farmers.
“The Uttar Pradesh government will go to the people and inform them about what all it has done for the state in the first 100 days of the government. There would be public meetings and press conferences of Adityanath, cabinet ministers have also been asked to travel to their constituencies to talk about the 100-day work of the state government,” said a cabinet minister of the Uttar Pradesh government.
In addition to the farm loan waiver, the state government has also started preparations for the first Vibrant Uttar Pradesh summit, slated for 2018. The summit is on the lines of the Vibrant Gujarat event started when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat. The state government is also coming out with an industrial policy to invite companies to set up factories in the state.
After understanding that the success of its industrial policy would largely depend on the availability of regional connectivity, the state government is also exploring the possibility of building airports at Allahabad and Gorakhpur to add to the two that Uttar Pradesh has in Lucknow and Varanasi. The state government wants to utilize the central government’s UDAN scheme for regional connectivity purposes.
The state government is also holding discussions with the Union aviation ministry for an international airport in Jewar in Noida, which was rejected by the Akhilesh Yadav.
“We have held several rounds of discussion with the Niti Aayog which is helping us not only formulate industrial policy but also look at areas or regions which would be suitable for industries to set up factories,” the cabinet minister added, asked not to disclose his name.
With its commitment to the welfare of farmers, especially in Bundelkhand region, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to promote drip irrigation in the state and is looking at possible ways in which the state government can help double the income of farmers.
When asked about this year’s widespread caste violence in Saharanpur, the minister said:
“The violence in Saharanpur is a setback for the state government, we didn’t expect it to happen. The intelligence input was faulty, the government is taking corrective steps in Saharanpur.”
“We are committed to the betterment of farmers and it is for this reason that the state government has decided to make at least 6,000 check dams in Bundelkhand which is a perennially drought-prone area. We want to promote drip irrigation in the region so that the water shortage problem can be solved” added the minister.