Advocating ‘Ram rajya’, Governor Anandiben Patel said that this could be ensured though all-round development of the state and the Bharatiya Janata Party government was moving in the direction by introducing schemes for the welfare of all sections of society in line with the principle of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’.
“The perception of good governance is attained only through people’s welfare and trust. This is the reason why the programme of all-round development, including social, economic and educational, of all sections of society, is consistently going on by adopting the policy of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas,” Patel said in her address to the joint sitting of UP legislature on the opening day of the budget session in Lucknow on Thursday.
She also charted out the road map of the state government’s development agenda.
Though the proceedings were marred by slogan shouting by opposition members, the Governor read out the 38-page address in Hindi in 55 minutes without any disruption.
Patel said that the government was implementing various schemes to extend benefits of its policies to the people on the last rung of the social ladder.
“Following concerted efforts made by the government, works of multi-pronged development are visible everywhere and UP stands first in several sectors,” she asserted.
The Governor said that UP stood first under Pradhan Mantri Gramin and Shahri Awas Yojna by sanctioning 27.58 lakh houses and constructing over 17 lakh units.
“The state also ranked first by clearing record cane dues of more than Rs 86,700 crore. Besides, it also bagged the first place in Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala scheme, construction of toilets and in setting up of micro, small and medium industries,” she said.
“UP also came first in Prime Minister Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana and Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna, production of milk, sugar and mango and Atal Pension Scheme,” she said.
In her address, Patel made special mention of the improved law and order situation in the state, claiming that the government had established a rule of law by adopting a policy of zero tolerance, crime-free, fear-free and injustice-free environment.
Though the Governor did not mention the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and police action, she said that during the present regime, there had been full harmony among people of all religions. She also mentioned how the police 23 children held hostage in Farrukhabad were rescued with alacrity and sensitivity of the police.
Patel said that the crime rate had also dipped.
“While incidents of rape have come down by 35.06 per cent compared to last year, cases of dacoity have decreased by 53.7 per cent, of robbery by 44.5 per cent, of rioting by 38.1 per cent, kidnapping by 30.43 per cent and murder by 14.05 per cent,” she said.
Claiming that the BJP government had ensured speedy and prompt prosecution of criminals and set 218 POCSO courts, the Governor said that police commissionerate system in Lucknow and Gautam Buddha Nagar districts would result in more effective policing.
Patel mentioned how the government organised Ganga Yatra from Bijnor to Ballia for conservation of the river and described the formation of the new Jal Shakti department, which would implement drinking water schemes in the parched Bundelkhand region.
In her speech, the Governor spoke about schemes launched by the government to benefit farmers in the agriculture sector.
She also mentioned the just concluded 11th DefExpo 2020 in Lucknow where 190 MoUs were signed, 23 exclusively for UP, and were expected to bring in investments of Rs 50,000 crore.
Besides, the Governor also mentioned about the successful holding of National Youth Festival and seventh conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, India Region, in Lucknow.