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‘BJP government trying to reinvent ease of doing business in Uttar Pradesh’

Face to face with Dinesh Sharma, deputy chief minister, Uttar Pradesh.

lucknow Updated: Feb 16, 2018 14:42 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
BJP,Bhartiya Janta Party,Uttar Pradesh
“UP has formulated an industrial policy after considering and studying the policies of various states.”(HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma is confident that the UP investor summit will help in showcasing the state as an ideal investment destination.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sharma said the government was trying to reinvent the ease of doing business in the state.


The state government is claiming that the investors’ meet scheduled on February 21-22 is going to be special. How?

The size and scale of the meet will make it different and bigger than before. But why comment on the past? We are a forward-looking government. In a first, over 5,000 delegates from industries and business houses will assemble for such a summit. Investors have already met chief minister Yogi Adityanath ahead of the summit. We are trying to reinvent the ease of doing business in the state. I am hopeful of a good response in the form of big investments in the state.

Which states are you eyeing for maximum investment and in which sectors?

UP was never known as a business-friendly state. Crime and corruption remained a problem under previous regimes. UP is on the path of revival due to the efforts of the BJP government. With ‘zero tolerance’ towards crime and corruption, we have been able to create an environment for attracting investments in the state. UP has formulated an industrial policy after considering and studying the policies of various states. I expect good response from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh where we have conducted awareness programmes like road shows.

Have you set any target for investments in the state?

The state is set to see investments in sectors like farming, dairy, information technology, civil aviation, tourism, electronics, MSME, and renewable energy. Around 10 lakh jobs will be created in next five years. Our focus will be on the development of underdeveloped regions of the state. Other sectors such as logistics, textiles and garments will also get investment.

What kind of response are you getting from the industry for the summit?

The summit has attracted the attention of top business houses and investors. The response from all quarters has been encouraging.

What kind of support have you received from the Centre and other BJP-ruled states?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union finance minister Arun Jaitley, minister for surface and water transport Nitin Gadkari and home minister Rajnath Singh will address the plenary session which shows we have the support of the central government. We hope to bring a turnaround in the growth of UP as ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ did for Gujarat. I hope UP will be the engine of growth for the country in the days to come. I assure all support from state government in providing hassle-free environment for setting up industries in the state.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 14:42 IST