Global lender World Bank has lauded the overall development in Uttar Pradesh under the leadership of chief minister Yogi Adityanath in the last six years.
A 20-member World Bank delegation led by executive director Parameswaran Iyer called upon Yogi in Lucknow yesterday.
The World Bank said notable development had taken place in different sectors viz. infrastructure development, industrialisation, garbage disposal, poverty alleviation, planned urbanisation, environmental protection etc in UP under the grand vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
UP is working according to an action plan to cater the specific sector-wise needs, which will bring about a comprehensive change in the largest state of the country, the Bank added.
The World Bank discussed issues of mutual cooperation and future action plan for overall development according to the potential and possibilities of UP.
Meanwhile, Yogi said UP had emerged from the erstwhile image of a ‘Bimaru’ (anemically backward) state to stand in the league of India’s leading states today.
“Looking at the latest data of NITI Aayog (India’s federal policy think tank), UP has been successful in retrieving 55 million of population out of poverty in the last six years,” he noted.
The CM said 9.6 million MSME units are operating in UP, which are creating not only job opportunities but propelling the state as a hub of exports.
“The state supports 16 percent of India’s population, thus making UP the country’s largest consumer and labour market. UP is the nerve centre of India’s cultural and spiritual consciousness,” Yogi underscored.
He asserted while India is moving towards becoming a $5 trillion economy under the vision of the PM, UP is working to achieve the goal of becoming the country’s first $trillion economy.
“UP is ready to play its role as the growth engine of India. Today, UP is included in the leading states not only in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ but also in ‘Ease of Living’ matrix,” he pointed out.