A high-level NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog delegation led by its vice chairman, Arvind Panagariya, will visit Lucknow on May 10 to hold discussions on various projects aimed at fast-tracking the all-round progress of Uttar Pradesh.
The 25-member team will include seven secretaries representing various ministries in the central government and 13 senior officers of the additional secretary rank, besides NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chandra and chief executive officer Amitabh Kant.
Siddharth Nath Singh, a cabinet minister and spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh government, disclosed this at a press conference on Saturday. “The high-level delegation’s visit stems from the joint desire of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath to transform Uttar Pradesh into one of the most industrially developed states in the country with the best social indicators,” he said.
The delegation will conduct detailed deliberations through presentations with the chief minister and his team on a seven-point agenda concerning agriculture, ease of doing business, health outcomes, nutrition, rural development, water and sanitation, and education.
“The change of regime in UP has heralded a new era of transformation, development and empowerment of the poor. The state and the central governments are working in tandem to develop Uttar Pradesh to new heights,” the minister said.
Asked how the chief minister plans to fund welfare schemes when the state coffers – as he himself admitted – are empty, Singh said the government will make at least Rs 60,000 crore in additional revenue on an annual basis by plugging leaks in the system.