Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Monday said industrial projects worth nearly Rs 3 trillion are in different stages of implementation in the state.

Addressing the inaugural day of the state legislature’s Budget Session, Patel said these projects pertained to the investment proposals totalling Rs 4.68 trillion, which were received in the UP Investors’ Summit 2018.

“More than 5 lakh employment opportunities are being created with these projects. Investment proposals worth more than Rs 75,000 crore will be put on the ground by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 3rd groundbreaking ceremony of the Investors’ Summit on June 3,” she informed.

The Governor said the UP government was running the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme for the overall development of district specific traditional craft. “This has resulted in a record increase in exports. The state shipments have increased from Rs 88,000 crore to Rs 1.56 trillion over the last five years.”

The first day of the Budget Session saw the joint sitting of both the houses viz. Vidhan Parishad and Vidhan Sabha. UP is among the few Indian states with a bicameral legislature comprising two (Upper and Lower) houses on the lines of Parliament.

The inaugural day witnessed acrimonious scenes with the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) members creating a ruckus during the Governor’s address.

The SP members were joined by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislators. They trooped to the well of the house holding placards and banners to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Yogi Adityanath.

In her speech, Patel said properties worth over Rs 2,000 crore had been released through confiscation/demolition and from illegal possession of the mafia elements and criminals across the state.

“UP is not only self-sufficient in food grains production, but is maintaining its place in the country as a surplus state. In 2020-21, 62 million tonnes (MT) of food grain was produced in the state,” she added.

Commenting on pro-farm initiatives, she claimed under the National Agricultural Market (e-NAM), digital trade of Rs 432 crore has been done in 125 mandis of UP in 2020-21 to provide farmers with remunerative prices.

“About 4.55 million sugarcane farmers have been paid a record Rs 1.72 trillion in cane payments from 2017-18 to 2021-22. This included payment of Rs 10,662 crore pending for previous several years. The total amount is Rs 77,500 crore higher than the payment done during 2012-17 and Rs 1.2 trillion higher than the payment done during 2007-12,” the Governor added.

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Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government will table UP Annual Budget 2022-23 on May 26, which is likely to be breach the historic Rs 6 trillion mark.

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