Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday said, "the fortune of India and UP is interlinked and, therefore, the centre and the state governments should collaborate for development of UP."
Speaking at the Development Conclave organised by Hindustan Times and Hindustan here, Sibal said, "Samajwadi Party got massive support of the people in the assembly elections and so it's an opportunity for chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to take UP on the path of development." Assuring all support from the central government, Sibal said "the people would definitely respond by giving him a second term in the next assembly election if he does good work."
Earlier, the central and state governments had been at loggerheads on various issues.
But the Hindustan Times Conclave set the stage for a new chapter in relationship between the two. Sibal gave an indication of the change in relationship between the two governments by assuring support to the state government in education and health sector.
He said, "The state government should create an appropriate industrial environment and give incentives to big industries to invest in the state. There are 23 million small-scale industries in UP and the state government should protect them before opening the door to big industries."
"There are several clusters of small-scale industries in UP, including Moradabad, Bhadohi, Kanpur, Aligarh and Firozabad. There is employment opportunity in this sector but the people lack skills. The state government should launch vocational courses for development of skills. The central government would support the state government in this endeavour," he said.
He said the ministry of science and technology had developed a plan for rejuvenation of small-scale industries and it would give technology input to the small-scale industries in UP.
Stressing on peace and tranquility in the state, Sibal called upon Akhilesh Yadav to take opposition parties into confidence for development of UP. "Collaborate with political parties that opposed you in the assembly elections," he said.
"The state government should ensure that there was no conflict of caste and religion in the state," Sibal said. "For development of UP education and health should be beyond political agenda of political parties. There should be no politicking over the two issues.
Batting for FDI in retail sector, Sibal said, "The people should get rid of fear psychosis -- that western companies would capture the Indian market. There should be no politicking over development issues. I hope the young leader would work to change this negative environment."
There was a message for the young chief minister from the veteran politician -- the need to change the model of governance.
Sibal said, "governance of the 21st century was different from 20th century. Aspirations of the people have increased and the poor want a share in the development pie. We have to understand the aspirations of the people and fulfill them, too. Time has come to prepare a plan for 20 years."
Sibal expressed concern over the poor power scenario, poor standard of primary and secondary education, increase in infant mortality, crime against weaker section, and closure of industrial units. The exercise to take UP forward should be collaborative by paving the way for participation of the stakeholder in governance," he said.