July 10, 2016
“The primary aim of distribution of central resources should be – to bring backward states at par with the national average, so that such states get an equal opportunity to progress.” ~ Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh
Akhilesh Yadav, 42, is one of the youngest Chief Ministers in India. Elected in 2012, he heads the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. His government in the state has been focussing on attracting more investments to the state, which is predominantly agricultural.
In an interview with a leading newspaper Hindustan Times, Akhilesh Yadav talked about his vision for development and talked about focussing on social security schemes, especially for youth, generating employment by imparting skills to people. Here is an excerpt:
What is your big vision for the state’s development?
With an increased emphasis on skill development and industrialization, the Samajwadi Party government will look to provide jobs to a large number of youth in the state in as short a span of time as possible. No other government had provided jobs in such large numbers earlier.
Besides, the largest and first of its kind integrated Skill Development Mission, the government is filling up vacant posts in various departments in a big way.
With a long-term strategic vision of our government, we aim to empower more students to improve the digital baseline of the state. Like the Free Laptop Distribution Scheme to prepare the young workforce from rural background to take on the competitive world, we will keep on empowering economically weak students and carve a better future for themselves.
Laptop Distribution Scheme helped in removing the fear of technology from their minds. It boosted their confidence as well. Now, you can go to any obscure village in the state where the laptop has reached, you will find that the students are using it with great interest and confidence. It has changed their lives. Our effort has proved successful in bridging the digital divide.
Besides, the state government has already opened recruitments for vacant posts in the government sector. A large number of youth will be getting jobs. About 15,000 lekhpals (a clerical-level post) are going to be recruited. Written examination has been conducted for these vacancies. Moreover, a large number of policemen have already been recruited. In the near future, vacancies from many more departments would be advertised and the youths would be given jobs.
The state government is seriously focusing on the education of girls. It is also focusing on the uplift of the girls belonging to economically weaker sections. In this light, the state government is providing many facilities and financial assistance to them. Our government is also focusing on the welfare of women.
The 1090 women power helpline has been implemented with the objective of safeguarding the dignity of women. We will continue to bring more schemes related to the security and welfare of Women. The government has implemented the Samajwadi Pension Yojna from its own resources. It is the largest social security scheme for the poor in India. Women family heads have been made the beneficiary of this scheme, which has resulted in the enhancement of their status.
“Apart from infrastructure development and empowerment of all, people will find the enhanced role of state government in maintaining law and order and strengthening of three-tier administration.”