Uttar Pradesh has all that it takes to become a ‘dream state’, but lack of political will has made it a backward one in comparison to many other states of the country, which are flourishing under the leadership of their able politicians.
Unfolding his views over UP of his dreams, Tanuj Gupta, a young engineer-turned- industrialist, first voiced his grievances with state government over issues of deteriorating law and order, corruption, politics of vendetta and unfavourable atmosphere for industries to grow.
“We need to follow precedents set by states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and now Bihar to give a new approach to the state machinery,” he said alleging the state is least concerned about providing a conducive atmosphere for industries.
Justifying his criticism, Tanuj cited the example of other states, which came forward to woo Ratan Tata when he decided to move his Nano project out of West Bengal due to constant opposition from Mamata Banerjee. “No words came out from our state luring Tata to shift the mega project here,” he said.
This young industrialist opined that government should first work to ensure political stability. In addition, it needed to set an open dialogue with industrialists and other professionals for overall development of the state.
Connectivity of places with different means of transportation is another factor that would bring people closer to one another and also attract investors to the state. He, however, feels it is impossible to elevate the state as a ‘dream destination’ without improving law and order situation.
“The law and order situation is a disgrace to the state,” he said as his charming better half, who hails from Delhi, nods.
“We have no proper place in the city where we can hang out in the nights,” complained Sapna.
The couple rued that the city has few options for recreation and suggested that a culture needed to be developed where people could go out with their families after a long day at work.
“We need to give a cosmopolitan face to the state,” Tanuj said adding that any such improvement would attract investors who could play a pivotal role in projecting UP as a ‘state of opportunities’.