New Delhi: With an aim to improve infrastructure in the Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav government is planning to invest a mopping Rs 23,000 crore for upgrading the state highways.

Akhilesh Yadav invited investors "to be partners in helping Uttar Pradesh achieve the destiny that it rightly deserves". The Chief Minister said the state was the essence of India and it "truly symbolises India's secular, diverse and pluralistic society".

Delivering the keynote address at the CII Partnership Summit 2013, the Chief Minister said, “The new sugar policy will focus on the benefits for new sugar manufacturing units in 24 identified districts. The priorities will be given to the Bundelkhand and Eastern region.” 

The Chief Minister also said the industrial clusters in Noida, and greater Noida were thriving and that the state, which is home to 200 million people, has a burgeoning agriculture. He added that the club of billionaires was expanding but prosperity was not being shared equitably and the benefits of growth were not trickling down to the poor. "Such a growth is neither sustainable nor enduring," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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