The Uttar Pradesh government has asked officials to focus more on ways to make its “Make in UP” initiative—on the lines of the Centre’s “Make in India” programme—a success in order to attract investors and create jobs in the state.
Soon after his swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath had made it clear that his priority will be to improve the law and order situation and outline a new industrial policy to attract more investments with a view to generating jobs in the state. According to sources, recently, the five-member Group of Ministers (GoM) led by Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma—formed in early last year to come up with an outline for a new industrial policy for UP—has submitted its final report. A source close to the GoM said: “After an extensive study of the existing industrial plans implemented by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government and different state governments like Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra etc, the five-member GoM has submitted its final report in September 2017; since then, bureaucrats in the state are working hard to make them part of the state’s new industrial policy.” Following recommendations of the GoM, the UP government formulated schemes for the success of the “Make in UP” initiative on the lines of the Centre’s “Make in India” programme. Suresh Rana, Minister (Independent Charge) for Sugarcane Development, Sugar Mills and Industrial Development, said: “Besides the ‘Make in UP’ programme, the state government has adopted a series of policies to attract investments in the state, including the civil aviation promotion policy, food processing policy, information technology and start-up policies.For promotion of the manufacturing sector in the state, the government has declared Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway regions a manufacturing zone and the government is preparing an atmosphere favourable to attract more and more investments. The government is coming up with initiatives like single window clearance system in the state.” “Working on the lines of the Central government, the state has also promoted the ease of doing business policy and has decided to come up with a single window clearance policy in the state. The government is working on improving the law and order situation in a big way and has already instructed the administration in this regard,” Rana added.
The UP government is also getting help from the Centre as the BJP-led Central government has been pushing for big ticket infrastructure projects in the state, such as the Rs 30,000 crore Purvanchal Expressway aimed at providing road connectivity to eastern Uttar Pradesh. Industrial townships are being planned along the expressway to provide jobs for youths and market access for farmers.Recently, the state government hosted a global investors’ summit to project Uttar Pradesh as an attractive investment destination.