LUCKNOW, 22nd Feb, 2018: The BJP is pulling all stops to generate employment and growth to Uttar Pradesh, one of the India’s four states which traditionally had the lowest development index. As the state’s Yogi Adityanath government held its first/second mega summit to draw investment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the event in Lucknow today, announced a mega defence industrial corridor in Bundelkhand region, one of the most backward regions of the state.
Attended by industry captains from home and abroad, union ministers, chief ministers, policy makers and academics, the Summit is aimed at changing the image of UP as a backward state. President Ram Nath Kovind is also all slated to attend the valedictory function on Thursday.
“One of the two defence industrial corridors mentioned in the budget is for Bundelkhand… this will bring an investment of Rs. 20,000 crore and generate employment for 2.5 lakh people,” the Prime Minister said at the event in Lucknow.
Delivering on its promise of development — which helped the BJP to sweep to power last year in March — is crucial for the party, which is hoping for a second term at the Centre next year when the general elections are held. Uttar Pradesh sends 80 Members of Parliament to the Lok Sabha.
Ahead of the event, heaping praise on the Chief Minister, PM Modi tweeted: “Potential + Policy + Planning+ Performance bringing progress, UP government is ready for super-hit performance”.
Admiring the UP CM’s new policy “one district one product”, PM Modi said it could prove to be the game changer for the state. Mr Modi also said international airports in Jewar and Kushinagar are in the pipeline.
Praising the PM’s leadership, Yogi Adityanath, said, “With PM’s guidance and blessings, UP is heading towards development and shedding its Bimaru tag. We are trying to become developed.”
The two-day summit will have a total of 30 sessions. The summit will be attended by Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan. Industry leaders including Gautam Adani, Mukesh Ambani, Subhash Chandra, N Chandrashekharan, Anand Mahindra, Kumar Mangalam Birla and Shobana Kamineni are scheduled to speak during various sessions. Business leaders from Mauritius, Japan, The Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic, Thailand and Slovakia are also in Lucknow to participate in Yogi Adityanath’s flagship event.
State industries minister Satish Mahana said, “Prime Minister Modi and the Chief Minister want to make UP a dream destination for investors…we want to make history… we have already signed 900 MoUs.