DR PHILIP O’Keefe of the World Bank said on Saturday that UP should pay more attention to provide quality health services to rural areas.
“Right now, the State is lacking in delivering quality services in the health sector, particularly in rural areas,” he told the participants of the second annual conference of the UP and Uttranchal Economic Association.
The two-day event that began here on Saturday was being held at the Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS).
O’Keefe also laid stress on the theory of 3Fs—Function, Funds and Functionaries and said those key inputs were highly concentrated at the ‘Collectorate level’.
“It appears that there is some reluctance among the government agencies to release funds for the functionaries working at various levels,” he said.
He further said village panchayats should be empowered in such a way that they could participate in overall development process.
Eminent Economist and former Member of the Planning Commission Prof S R Hashim, who also spoke on the occasion, said the rising focus on promotion of service sector enterprises around urban set-ups could have an impact on job creation for the unskilled workforce.
“The manufacturing sector employs millions of unskilled labourers. The service sector enterprises could fulfill the job aspirations of the educated but not the unskilled labour force seeking employment in manufacturing units around urban areas,” he said.
Prof P N Mehrotra of the Allahabad University said economists from Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal should sensitise the political system and pay attention to the findings of economic researchers for achieving the targeted goals to ensure development of the State. He said that UP was lagging behind in most of the development parameters as compared to other states.
“A collective voice of the economists in recommending reform measures could go a long way in helping the government achieve 8 per cent growth at the state level,” he said.