Lucknow, July 23: A delegation of the US-India Business Council called on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and lauded the state government for various initiatives it was taking to encourage industrial development and investment in the state. The members of the delegation said that all the decisions being taken would be turning points for the state's economy and will promote economic activities in the state.
The delegation also expressed desire to extend cooperation in fields of Healthcare, Cancer Treatment, Tourism, Energy, Design Manufacturing, Education, Food Processing, Potable water technique etc and said they were standing shoulder to shoulder in the quest of the state for comprehensive development.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister told the delegates that Uttar Pradesh was a large state with a population of 22 crore, which makes it the biggest market in the country. Also offers immense opportunities of eco and religious tourism, he added.
Yogi also pointed out that seven cities of the state have been included in the GoI's Smart City Mission. Besides, efforts were afoot to have five more cities included in this list. To realize the dream and concept of digital India, the Chief Minister informed, the state was working on e-office and e-hospital mechanisms.
He reiterated the commitment of his government to comprehensively develop the state and added that some serious work has been set rolling in this direction. A new Industrial Investment and Employment Promotion Policy - 2017 has been implemented and a single window system was also being developed, the Chief Minister apprised the visiting delegation and informed them that simplifying labour laws in the state was also being worked upon.
To ensure availability of skilled work force for business and industry, Yogi said, under the Skill Development Mission, a target of training 10 lakh youth has been fixed. He further added that the state government would welcome all investors in the state and would extend to them all possible help, cooperation, facilities and security.
CM Yogi also said that the state at the time of Independence led the nation in the per capita income slot but has since slipped many notches and held the politics of family and caste responsible for this downfall. Such governments not only diluted the development agenda but through their acts also ensured the exit of serious investors from the state, the Chief Minister mused.
Since the present state government came to power, economic activities have picked up in the state and investors have started trickling in. Samsung has already sealed Rs 5,000 crore investment in the state, he informed.