Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inked 40 memorandum of understandings (MoUs) worth over Rs 33,000 crore with industrialists to bring investment in the state during an investors’ conclave held in Mumbai on Thursday.
Projecting UP as the land of “unlimited potential”, Akhilesh urged investors to visit UP before framing any notion.
“I invite you to visit UP at least once and urge you not to go by reports in the media. I assure you that when you see the state, you will find it as the most prosperous,” the CM claimed at the investors’ summit.
Citing an example, the CM recalled the incident when he had seen the film pk. “I liked the film but the only mistake I committed was that I said I had downloaded it. Newspapers published that I saw the pirated (version of) film when that wasn’t the case . There is another connotation to the word ‘download’,” he said. The Chief Minister’s Office had later clarified that the CM has a licensed UFO Moviez digifacility to download and watch films.
“Even you might not remember when UFO launched this facility. UFO people met me and said that my statement made front page news and they got their publicity….UP is necessary even to become the country’s Prime Minister. No one can ignore UP,” Akhilesh said.
The CM compared UP with Maharashtra in the race of development. “At times, Maharashtra is ahead while sometimes we are ahead,” he said, and defended the migration of people from UP to find work in Maharashtra.
“If you can tell me that there will be no case against me (then I will ask this): tell me where does the Governor of UP (Ram Naik) belong to?” he asked. Naik hails from Maharashtra.
With estimates suggesting UP trailing Maharashtra in sugar production, Akhilesh alleged that the latter was passing off imported sugar as its own, resulting in the skewed data.
“Maharashtra feels that no one produces more sugar than it does… Our cane harvest and production of sugar is the highest,” he asserted.
According to the estimates by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), total production in the fiscal ending September 2015 is estimated to be 28.3 million tonne, which will include 10.47 million tonne from Maharashtra and 7.1 million tonne from UP.
Akhilesh acknowledged that there is a “jhagda” (fight) between the two states over who is the leader in sugar production.
Earlier, the UP government went all throttle to make the event successful. As many as 133 hoardings were erected in Mumbai. UP’s promotional advertisements were aired on local FM channels. The Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit president, Abu Asim Azmi, and UP MLA Subhash Pasi (both have business stakes in Maharashtra) too had put up banners welcoming Akhilesh. Nearly 100 youth workers from UP were in Mumbai for the cause.
“I wish I had come here earlier. I also regret that I should have devoted more time for the event. But our event was scheduled much earlier and another programme also came up and I have to go there. Whenever you come to Lucknow, you can meet me and my officers. I have noted few suggestions which you gave me and genuine ones will be attended to,” he said while addressing the investors.
Akhilesh, who has been nominated by PM Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, was slated to attend a programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan Thursday evening. “I have been nominated, don’t know about my consent or not. But I am going to attend the event,” he said.
Akhilesh also held a separate interactive session with leading bankers where he highlighted the achievements of his government —- Lucknow Metro Rail project, Agra-Lucknow Expressway and free laptop distribution among others.
On the occasion, a single-window system facility for film producers and directors was also launched.
Amul to invest Rs 600 cr to set up 4 plants in UP
Mumbai: Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets its product under the brand name of Amul, is planning to set up four dairy plants entailing a total investment of Rs 600 crore in Uttar Pradesh, a senior company official said Thursday.
“We are putting up big plants in Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Saifai. This would be around Rs 600 crore of investments,” GCMMF managing director R S Sodhi said. (PTI)