On March 19, we complete four years of our commitment to fulfilling the aspirations of 240 million people in India’s largest state, with endless possibilities for progress. With the determination to achieve “Target Antyodaya”, we focused on pursuing our goals. I firmly believe that if the work is done for the greater good with good intention and conviction, it is definitely successful.

It is a great spiritual satisfaction that our government has managed to safeguard both people’s lives and livelihoods amid the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic, under the leadership of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. Whether residents or migrants, everyone was taken care of during Covid-19. We succeeded in breaking the chain of infection and continued to create jobs, while pursuing development objectives. Even the World Health Organization and global media have hailed Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) strategy to contain the virus. All of this has become possible thanks to our sincere, sustained and collective effort. In this battle against the coronavirus, a new UP has appeared on the national scene.

UP has immense development potential. However, there was a need to explore ways to harness this potential through coordinated policies and clear intentions. The first effort in this context was to focus on infrastructure and industrial development. In fact, infrastructure is the engine of growth for any economy. Without it, economic growth cannot be rapid, sustainable and competitive. We have made continuous efforts over the past four years with this in mind. UP is also the most promising state in terms of demographic dividend. It hasn’t been easy to climb to second place in the national ease of doing business rankings in four years, but we did it. In terms of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), UP has overtaken Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to become the second largest economy in the country today.

To permanently rid UP of the burden of unemployment and migration, we decided to make each village and each neighborhood self-sufficient. Reviving traditional industries through the One District-One Product (ODOP) program, with the “Swadeshi at Swavalambanand the mantra ‘Vocal for Local’, millions of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) units have provided loans on favorable terms. This gave a boost to the economy and paved the way for job creation. Under the ODOP program, cottage industries units, supported by grant-based financial incentives and an enabling environment, have created more than four million jobs.

It is the new image of the “new and autonomous (Atmanirbhar) Uttar Pradesh of New India”. Prime Minister Modi has called for a “self-reliant India”. It pursues the objective of making the country an economy of 5,000 billion dollars. UP expresses its commitment to play a leading role in realizing this dream.

Programs such as Mission Shakti and Mission Rozgar are instrumental in achieving the goals of women’s safety and empowerment by helping them become self-sufficient. Rigorous efforts have paved the way for the economic betterment of more than 10 million women from one million self-help groups in the state.

The innovative experience of connecting 58,758 women – one in every UP gram panchayat – to the banking system through correspondent banking Sakhi Scheme, and extending banking to every village has also emerged and grown. is flourishing. Today, women are given responsibility for managing community toilets (Izzatghar) of the state, while giving priority to women within the framework of the Swamitwa Yojna, a new scenario is being prepared for their social empowerment. The policy of reserving 20% ​​of police positions for women has also yielded favorable results.

Four years ago, the current government’s journey towards public welfare began with the abolition of loans to farmers. Today, farmers in the state are moving towards agricultural diversification by connecting to advanced technologies. Efforts are also being made to reduce costs for farmers and double their incomes.

We have a firm approach to faith and economy and these are clearly manifested in our policies. The light of cultural nationalism, which has been kindled at UP over the past four years, has illuminated the hearts of every believer in the Eternal Force. Through the Ganga Yatra, the goals of faith and economy have been achieved. The foundation stone of the age-old and long-awaited grand temple of Lord Sri Rama at Sri Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was also laid in 2020. Ayodhya Deepotsav, Dev Deepavali of Kashi and Braj Rangotsav were widely appreciated. The government is also making planned efforts to enrich Ayodhya by presenting it as a mixture of Vedic and modern cultures.

Four years ago, UP was the fifth largest state in terms of economy and youth migration was on the agenda. The state with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 10.90 lakh crore in 2015-16 has, today, emerged as the country’s second largest economy with a GDP of $21.73 million. The state is the same, the resources are the same, the workers are also the same, but the work culture has changed. This committed, transparent and dedicated work culture is the hallmark of this new UP.

We have successfully implemented our policies in line with the PM’s path of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas”. Yes, we do not follow the appeasement policy. But our political rivals also recognize that for the past four years there has not been a single system that differentiates on the basis of caste or religion. Farmers, youth, women and the poor are at the center of current government policies. The policy and the intention of the government are clear and that is why the people are with the government. The success of the last four years and the continuous development give birth today to an autonomous UP.

Yogi Adityanath is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Opinions expressed are personal