UP and on­ward

India Today - - MAIL -

The de­vel­op­ment schemes and ini­tia­tives launched by UP chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav show that he is work­ing hard to trans­form Ut­tar Pradesh into ‘ Ut­tam Pradesh’ ( East and West). UP is pro­gress­ing swiftly, and it may not be long be­fore it loses its tag of be­ing a BI­MARU state. In the fu­ture, it may also be ben­e­fi­cial to bi­fur­cate the state for the sake of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. As has been seen in other cases, smaller states are eas­ier to man­age record higher growth rates. That be­ing said, given its size and pop­u­la­tion, UP is also a ma­jor contributor to the coun­try’s GDP growth. What is re­quired now is for the state ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­ter­minedly ex­e­cute the projects it has be­gun, and to en­sure that there are no set­backs to the progress al­ready achieved. SH­WETA CHAUD­HARY, Delhi

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