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‘Disconnect between governments and industry in the past’

Face to face with Satish Mahana, minister for industrial development about the seriousness of their current efforts, the prospects of their success and vendetta politics of the past.

lucknow Updated: Feb 13, 2018 15:26 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Satish Mahana, minister for industrial development.
Satish Mahana, minister for industrial development.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Leading industrialists are expected to attend the two-day Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit 2018 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate in Lucknow on February 21.

As efforts by successive governments in the past failed to make much of an impact, questions are being raised whether this summit will be able to get big ticket investment for the state. Umesh Raghuvanshi spoke to minister for industrial development Satish Mahana about the seriousness of their current efforts, the prospects of their success and vendetta politics of the past. Excerpts.

How serious is this effort?

This is the first mega effort of its kind to attract investment. We organised six road shows ahead of the summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit. We have been making efforts for the past six months and I have personally met or visited the investors in their offices. In the past, the road shows were passed off as summits.

How is this summit different from previous efforts?

We are attracting investment for the state’s development and not for anybody’s personal gain. There was a complete disconnect between previous governments and industry in the past. Our government and industry have developed a strong bond now.

Why has government denied benefits promised to investors in the past?

We have not denied any benefits to the investors. The Mayawati government had denied benefits of the Uttar Pradesh Industrial Investment Promotion Policy 2006 to the industrialists who had invested during the tenure of Mulayam Singh Yadav as chief minister. We do not believe in this. We are continuing to provide benefits of Infrastructure and Industrial Investment Policy 2012 that Akhilesh Yadav government had formulated for the investors.

What about the law and order situation?

Law and order is the prime concern of the Yogi Adityanath government and efforts have been made to bring about an improvement. We have zero tolerance for crime. The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill has been already moved in the state assembly to check organised crime. We are also committed to providing complete security to the investors. We are posting the best police officers in the industrial areas and action will be taken against those found causing problems to the industrialists.

Do you have land available for investors?

We have sufficient land available in the industrial areas to be given to investors. The state government has also brought a policy for development of private sector industrial parks. This will ensure that the investors do not face any problem in getting land to set up their industry.

Will your PPP model work?

We are in touch with Adani group and other investors to implement metro rail projects on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

What about politics of revenge? Do you have any preferred areas?

We do not believe in politics of revenge. We want to develop the whole state unlike the previous governments that had preferred areas.

But the chief minister says Gorakhpur is getting investment of Rs 1500 crore?

Our policy provides for special incentives for development of backward regions like east UP and Bundelkhand. The Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority (GIDA) had been set up years ago and investment has to come there.

How much investment do you expect?

We are not giving any figures. We are working sincerely and all the MoUs being signed now will be implemented. We hope leading industrialists will announce major investment projects in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

You spoke about proposals of Rs 2.53 lakh crore?

I did not give this figure to anyone. I have checked. But somehow this figure was communicated to the media.