Lucknow: Living by the motto ‘Change UP, Prosper the Country”, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated the prestigious ‘Jagran Forum’ in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Governor BL Joshi also marked their august presence on the occasion.

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Lauding the move, the President said that the remarkable initiative of Dainik Jagran Group is a giant step towards the development of Uttar Pradesh which will bring significant changes in the life of common man.

“Health, education and economic sectors are the key to development for the state,” Mukherjee asserted.

Echoing similar views, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, “Developing Uttar Pradesh is not the sole responsibility of Jagran Forum, it is a collective effort of both the people and the government.”

Governor BL Joshi said that the agenda and the issues raised in the Jagran Forum will definitely bring positive changes to usher development for the people.

KEY TO DEVELOPMENT OF UTTAR PRADESH

Agriculture
The livelihood of more than 63 percent population of UP is dependent on agriculture. Given the growing population, it has become inevitable for the state to maintain the agriculture growth rate above 5 percent. According to the reports out of 242.01 lakh hectare land, only 168.25 lakh hectare is fertile, whereas only 70 percent land is irrigable. The decreasing tilted land has posed another challenge to the state.

Industry
Uttar Pradesh will have to maintain 11.2 percent and 11.9 percent growth rate in the industrial and service sector respectively to achieve 10 percent economic growth rate of the state during 12th five-year plan. The state needs investments worth Rs 16, 700 billion. Out of which, 71 percent will be procured from the private sectors.

Electricity
The power crisis remains the bottleneck in the path of development of the state. The power demand is increasing at an annual average rate of 12 percent. But the demand-supply gap is hovering around 3,000 Megawatt thanks to the slow pace of power production. On an average, the state’s daily consumption is 226 million units, but the supply is below 200 mu.

Education
There is an urgent need of large number of study centers in 49,800 gram panchayats of the state.The state government needs to set up 7,000 new primary schools, 1,250 junior high schools and to construct 70,000 additional classrooms in the next five years to make the Right to Education meaningful. Moreover, the state requires 3,269 new high schools and 702 model schools to boost the secondary education system. There is a huge requirement of new polytechnics and government engineering colleges in 16 unserved district headquarters and new research centers in ten divisions.   

Medical facilities

To realise the dream of ‘healthy Uttar Pradesh’, the state will have to introduce more advanced medical equipments in the hospitals. Despite, several other issues like sex ratio, institutional delivery, women and children malnutrition and full immunization need to be paid more attention. The state will have to set up 482 community health centers, 1478 primary health centers and 6823 new health sub-centers. There is a need of over 5546 doctors, 777 nurses, 2557 paramedical staff, 2487 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and 6291 health workers.

Environment
The state contributes around 1695 million litres of sewage daily that are discharged untreated in several rivers including Ganga. The state urgently requires an advanced technique for the sewage treatment. Currently, out of the 33 sewage treatment plants in the state, more than half require an urgent overhauling as they don’t function properly.

Infrastructure
Infrastructure is the backbone of any developed state. Uttar Pradesh needs to construct single-lane state highways of 5760 km and to widen major district roads to two-lane standards in the next five years. For better infrastructure, the roads connecting district headquarters should be upgraded to four- lanes.

Amend rules for Parliamentary business: President

Against the backdrop of parliamentary proceedings being paralysed regularly, Mukherjee suggested that parliamentarians should explore possibilities of amending rules to ensure that both houses are able to transact routine business.

He also suggested that department related committees of the Parliament undertake post approval scrutiny of budgetary allocations, made to the various ministries.

Jagran embarks on a noble cause for UP

Democracy and Development were the key agenda of the event. Dainik Jagran Group has been continuously organizing such events since 2005. The Forum provides a versatile platform for discussion on contemporary issues.

This is the first time when Dainik Jagran has come up with such an event at Lucknow. The first conference organized by Jagran Forum in 2005 was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and was concluded by the then Vice President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The last forum was organized in the capital of Bihar, Patna. It was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

(JPN/Bureau)

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