Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said on Wednesday the ‘Yogi model’ of development had “turned disaster into opportunity” even amid the pandemic. Singh made the statement at the News18 event Rising Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow.
He said when the whole world was stalled due to the Covid-19 threat, UP was running. “Not only this, during the time of this pandemic, we wooed the whole world and called them to UP. Today, the state’s exports have increased by 32%. All this was possible only with the vision of the Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath). Today the state’s GDP has doubled and we are moving towards a one trillion goal,” said Singh, who the Cabinet Minister for MSME, Investment and Export, Textile, Khadi and Gram Udyog.
“The Chief Minister called us during the corona period and said that when the whole world is immersed in darkness, the challenges are to be turned into opportunities. After which we made many improvements. Today, the industry is getting a license in 72 hours. Apart from this, the system was simplified by reforming 20 sectors. Today, the entire ‘Yogi model’ in UP is focused on the rural sector, from which we are achieving the goal of a trillion dollar economy. Today investors are going towards the villages,” he said.
He said investors were getting a lot of facilities in the state. “Earlier investors were limited to the western region, but today they are seeing opportunities in every region. Facilities are being provided to investors from Bundelkhand to Purvanchal. Expressways are being built. International airports are being built, five airports are ready, while some are going to start soon. Connectivity has improved. This is the reason that investors are coming here,” he said.
According to him, the rural economy and purchasing power of people in the areas had increased, which meant better consumption of big industries. He said the purchasing power had increased from Rs 45,000 per person to 85,000 per person.