NITI Aayog Member Agriculture, Shri Ramesh Chand Shared in great detail issues related to the growth of agriculture and possible solutions for doubling farmers’ income in UP. He said that given the different agro climatic zones in the state, different strategies have to be adopted for maximizing the farm yields. He cited specific indicator wise progress in the Bundelkhand package. The State Ministers animatedly discussed various aspects of productivity and irrigation in course of the discussions.
Secretary, DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek highlighted the importance of Ease of Doing Business and Start Up India for the industrial development of Uttar Pradesh. The Chief Minister of UP, Yogi Adityanath evinced keen interest in bringing in the spirit of entrepreneurship and improving the investment climate in the state. The state Government and DIPP resolved to host a global investor summit in UP soon.
Secretary, Rural Development cited success stories from other states which can be replicated in UP context as well. Mahatma Gandhi NREGA, Mission Antyodaya and Swachcha Bharat figured prominently in the discussions. The Central Ministry offered to catalyse economic up- liftment of SHGs by training through their 1.5 lakh resource persons available across the country.
Detailed discussions were held on the social Sector areas such as rural development, health, education, ICDS and provision of drinking water and sanitation measures in the state. NITI Aayog offered to support transformation of health and education Sector through its partner institutions, a scheme which has recently been launched to support three states each through challenge method.
Subsequent to the discussions, it was decided to set up a Joint Working Group comprised of three representatives each from embers from NITI Aayog and the state Government to carry forward the discussions and ensure the implementation.
The keen interest of the State Government machinery was evident from the fact that despite being an official Holiday the Uttar Pradesh Minister of Health, Agriculture Minister, Minister of Women and Child Development, Rural Development Minister, Minister of Education attended the deliberations along with the top officials including the Chief Secretary of the state.