CM urges NRIs to invest in UP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, lucknow
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2014 15:24 IST

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday stressed upon the need to connect with the non resident Indians (NRIs) for investment.

“If we are able to connect with those coming from abroad, more people will come for investment in Uttar Pradesh,” said the chief minister at the launch of the Silicon Valley and Avadh Development of Entrepreneurial Services for Humanity (SVADESH) here.

Mayor of Oakland, California, Libby Schaaf, who joined the launch through video conferencing from her Oakland home, said she would extend all the cooperation to accomplish the SVADESH goal.

“I too hope to get opportunity to travel to India for the new friendship and partnership,” said Schaaf.

The Tenacity group proposes to make efforts for bringing an investment of one billion US dollars to the state.

It also proposes to set up a medical college, a hospital and a cancer institute that would be among the first projects of SVADESH and provide worldclass health care services on affordable rates to the people of state.

It is learnt that the medical college and the hospital etc. are likely to come up in the Awadh Vihar area of Lucknow.

Chief secretary Alok Ranjan, vice chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute at the Duke University, Dr Robert Cliff and founding partner and founder and chairman of the board of Tenacity Group Inc Dr BR Shetty and Tenacity Group’s India operations CEO Priya Tandon were present on the occasion.

The chief minister said a lot of scope for investment was there in health services and the information technology sectors in the coming days.

Various governments across the world were spending a large chunk of their budget on these sectors, he said.

A leading actor from Mumabi had come with a proposal to launch online services for performing the ‘pooja’ for the NRIs with an offer to send back the ‘prasad’ through parcel to those who use the online services for ‘pooja’, said the chief minister.

Ranjan said the state government had recently launched a website for the newly created NRI department. He said there have been nearly 40,000 hits on the website within a week of being launched.

Nandini Tandon said with the setting up of the medical college and cancer institute, the dream of her mother was coming true. Her grandfather (Nana) had set up the wellknown Sitapur Eye Hospital here, said Tandon.

Shetty said the proposed medical college, hospital and cancer institute were part of his endeavour to provide quality services to the people on affordable rates.
“We are not here to loot but to pay back what you deserve,” said Shetty.

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