Many political analysts believe that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has worked like a ‘Vikas Mantri’. They say that this 43-year old has brought ‘tangible development’ to a state that remained backward in the country.
Ever since Akhilesh Yadav took office in March 2012, it has been almost five years of committed administration and governance in the state. He has brought new hopes and prosperity in the lives of the people of Uttar Pradesh. What has really worked out in favour of weaker and downtrodden sections of society, minorities, women, youth, workers, students and farmers in UP is the timely implementation of different welfare schemes initiated by UP government.
Akhilesh Yadav has done all-round development that has led to sustained results. Be it procurement and distribution of laptops in a short span of time, construction of medical colleges and hospitals, improving the state’s power infrastructure – all these initiatives and many more have positively impacted the state.
Throughout his tenure, CM Akhilesh has kept the development agenda in mind and pushed different sectors of economy to produce optimum effects.
Compassionate Social Welfare
Implementation of social welfare projects has been given top priority by Akhilesh Yadav, which created positive impact on people. In order to provide financial help to poor families in rural UP, Akhilesh initiated pension schemes and schemes like Shravan Yatra to fulfil the lifelong wish of elderly people to visit holy places for pilgrimage. Several funds have been distributed for treatment, to families of those who were murdered, died in accidents, committed suicide or those who died untimely.
An eye-opening government initiative of distribution of laptops has been much appreciated. The ‘Laptop Distribution Scheme’ has encouraged young students to embrace higher education, especially related to science and technology.
Schemes like ‘Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna’ in which an amount of Rs 30,000 is given per female student have also encouraged girls to pursue higher education after completing their secondary education.
Smart Urban Development and Upgraded Transportation
Cycle tracks for cleaner and greener environment, construction of Asia’s largest green park – Janeshwar Mishra Park, Jay Prakash International Convention Centre, Gomti Riverfront, Tajganj beautification, Hussainabad beautification, Etawah Lion Safari and Agra Theme Park are major dream projects of Akhilesh Yadav.
Moreover, Akhilesh Yadav government has focussed on building and improving corridors of travel for facilitating business in the state. A number of road projects connecting all the district headquarters to four-lane roads, Agra-Lucknow expressway, Purvanchal expressway and bringing Metros to Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi, Meerut and Kanpur are on the list of infra-city commutes across the state.
New Chapter in UP Tourism
Akhilesh Yadav government has paid a lot of attention to developing ‘The Heritage Arc’ in the heart of rich cultural cities of Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi. The Heritage Arc is a tourism project that runs across these three cities as a tourist magnet. The state government has made all efforts to ensure that tourists to Heritage Arc and other tourism regions have a pleasant and safe travel.
In order to boost state’s tourism sector, Akhilesh Yadav government has worked towards great tourism initiatives like Taj Mahotsav, Lucknow Mahotsav, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Bird Festival, Sarus Day, State Tourism Day and the World Bank funded Pro-Poor Tourism project.
Uttar Pradesh’s Makeover to an Eco-Friendly State
Uttar Pradesh has emerged as an eco-friendly state under the leadership of CM Akhilesh Yadav. He has launched massive plantation drive across the state and several award winning green initiatives. A list of significant green-drives that have been running successfully in the state includes plantation drive, cycle tracks and cycle highway, Janeshwar Mishra Park, Gomti riverfront project, Hindon river rejuvenation project, Peacock Sanctuary at Vrindavan, Tiger Reserve, Agri -Parks and recycling of floral offerings.
Better Skill Development, New IT Policies and Better Health to Everyone
Lakhs of unemployed youth are getting proper training in different trades to get good employment in their chosen sectors, under Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission launched by Akhilesh Yadav. The state was awarded by Government of India as the best state to implement this mission.
New IT policy has been launched to make the state digital. Akhilesh Yadav government had launched its Electronic and Manufacturing Policy in 2014 and the Start-up Policy in 2016 to make the state a leader in IT and electronics.
CM has taken innumerable steps for better medical and health care across the state by initializing free treatments to everyone. He launched 102 and 108 free-medical emergency ambulance services that have been a big-hit in UP.
Rural Development and Schemes to Uplift Farmers
CM Akhilesh Yadav has done sustainable development across urban as well as rural UP. The agriculture potential of Uttar Pradesh has grown manifold as a result of the state government’s effective implementation of its agriculture policies.
To ensure rural development in Uttar Pradesh, the CM brought the best insurance schemes into the hands of farmers and other beneficiaries in time. He launched Skill Development Mission for farmers, Direct Benefit Transfer, Kisan Bima Yojna, Free Irrigation, Debt Waiver Scheme, Kamdhenu Schemes, Kisan Mandis to provide better market to farmers.
Empowering Police with High-Tech Solutions
Akhilesh Yadav government has modernised the police force by enabling it with high-end technology as a means to handle law and order in UP. To ensure better policing, CM launched UP 100 to reach out to masses for the prompt redressal of law and order issues across the entire state. As a part of this system, 4,800 GPRS-enabled vehicles have been in direct contact with the control rooms established at Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, and Ghaziabad.
With the stated objective of empowering women, the CM and his wife, Dimple Yadav, coined the term ‘1090 Women Powerline’. It’s a toll-free number that provides immediate help to the harassed women suffering from an antisocial behaviour. A special team of women constables attend the calls and provide timely help to victims.
This service for women it the first-of-its-kind in the country as it is for women by the women. More than 5 lakh complaints have been resolved by this helpline.
Apart from that, several drone cameras and special apps for policing, lost reports and traffic management have been launched that are solving innumerable complaints across UP.
Uttar Hamara feels that the Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of CM Akhilesh Yadav is a breath of fresh air. His efforts for the sustainable development across UP shows that he is indeed a ‘Vikas Mantri’!