Treading on the path of secularism and socialism can ring in prosperity and progress in the country
Socialist ethos assures long-term development
Samajwadi Government is ensuring balanced development in the state
Endurance and Oneness identity of India
Without development of UP, development of the country cannot be envisaged
Development of both rural and urban areas included in the priority list of the state government
For fast-paced development of UP, work underway on war footing on world class infrastructure projects
Land acquired for Agra-Lucknow Express-way by cooperation and support of farmers is a role model for India
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that by embracing secularism and socialism the nation can be taken ahead on the path of prosperity and progress. He further added that long-standing and sustainable development can be achieved by following socialist ideologies and said that Samajwadi government in the state was working for comprehensive development keeping in mind the balance required. The Chief Minister was today addressing the ‘Shikhar Samagam’ a conclave organized by the Hindustan newspaper at hotel Taj on topic ‘Makeover of the biggest state – priorities and challenges’ as the chief speaker. In his address, he cited the saying and preachings of Swami Vivekanand to stress how oneness and endurance where all faiths were given due respect formed the hallmark of India.
Underlining the importance of Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister pointed out that the biggest chunk of population in the 1.25 billion strong India resided in the state and added that without development of UP developing India cannot be envisaged. Saying that most population in the state depended on agriculture or agri-based activities, Mr. Yadav said UP produced the maximum wheat, milk, sugarcane, sugar, molasses etc.
Even politically, he pointed out, UP had a special place as most MP’s to Lok Sabha were elected from here and keeping in mind the large population of the state, the government had spoken of developing 14 smart cities here. Mr. Yadav pointed out that the state government had fulfilled its promises made in the election manifesto and development of both the rural and urban areas was on its priority list.
It was for this reason, he pointed out, that work was underway on war footing in world class infra projects in the state. He specially mentioned the six-lane Agra-Lucknow Expressway and said that this expressway which is expandable to 8 lanes will give a fresh impetus to industry and trade. Large ‘Mandi’s’ will be established on the sides of this expressway so that market is accessible for farmers to send and sell their produce.
The chief minister underlined how the peaceful and non-controversial land acquisition for the expressway project, attained through support and cooperation of farmers, had become a role model for the country. He also mentioned the four-laning of all district headquarters and said that work was also in the process of Lucknow Metro Rail project and expressed hope that both these projects will be complete in 2016.
In the same way, Mr. Yadav spoke of the International Cricket stadium being built in Lucknow and said it too will be completed next year and a match hosted there. A football stadium will also be constructed in the state capital, he informed. Among other things that found mention in the spirited address of the chief minister were cycle tracks, free distribution of laptops to 15 lakh students, Kamdhenu dairy development project, hitech city projects, Lohia housing scheme for the poor and India’s largest social security scheme – the Samajwadi Pension Scheme.
He also spoke on the power sector and said far-reaching work was being done to ensure better power supply to the people of the state through big-ticket projects like Anpara-D and Lalitpur power project which have been commissioned. For the poor, he added, power was being provided through the solar power packs in Lohia houses. Over two lakh Lohia houses were being provided power through solar panels and LED bulbs were being distributed in lakhs.
The Chief Minister also pointed out that UP was the only state where Metro Rail projects were on ground in two cities and work was on in fast pace at another city and said that DPR for Metro Rail was being prepared for Meerut, Agra, Kanpur and Varanasi. He also assured that while Jaipur Metro Rail project took off in five years, the Lucknow one will be completed in two-and-a-half years.
He also informed how a recently held investors conclave in Mumbai had resulted in signing of investment agreements worth Rs 51,000 crore. Earlier, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Mr. Shashi Shekhar in his addressed highlighted the significance of UP and why this conclave was being held in Lucknow. The session with the Chief Minister was conducted by ABP channel’s anchor Mr. Debang and CEO of HT Media Mr. Rajeev Verma presented Mr. Yadav with a momento.
Also present on the occasion were Political pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary Mr. Navneet Sehgal and other dignitaries.