Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today said the state will emerge as the ‘torchbearer’ of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in India.
Addressing a ceremony here, Yogi said the focal point of UP’s industrial development is the 9.6 million MSMEs spread across 75 districts of the state.
“The time has come to open designing and packaging institutes to bolster the MSME products to a new level,” he said referring to the achievement of UP in garnering investment proposals to the tune of Rs 35 trillion at the recent UP Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2023.
“The one district one product (ODOP) scheme is not only catalysing indigenous products, but improving the design and technology element to open global market for them. ODOP has become the backbone of the MSME sector,” he added.
He said due to the ODOP scheme UP has emerged as a hub of exports. “Before 2017, UP exports were worth just Rs 86,000 crore, which has now gone up to Rs 2.5 trillion.”
“Undoubtedly, the rule of law is our first priority…it is also necessary for the government to work with good intentions. The Global Investors Summit has paved the way for UP to tread the path of 4th Industrial Revolution,” he noted.
Yogi said toolkits are being provided to 75,000 artisans associated with Vishwakarma Shram Samman programme. “Now, we must connect banks with artisans so that they could start their business. We have to work for their uplift by opening export promotion centers in every district.”
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Meanwhile, 12 people were given Sant Kabir State Handloom Award, 34 firms were given State Export Award, 20 people were given MSME award, 75,000 artisans were trained under Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojana, toolkits were distributed and certificates were distributed.