PM Narendra Modi said on Thursday that Uttar Pradesh has been seen through “political prism” in the past decades and noted that people were feeling confident over the last few years that the state can be the powerhouse of India’s growth engine.
Interacting with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in UP, which will go to the polls early next year, the Prime Minister said the “double engine” government has changed the way of looking at the potential of the state. The Prime Minister, who addressed the gathering through video conference, said this decade was, in a way, the period to make up for the shortfall in development in the last seven decades in the state.
“This cannot happen without giving the youth, daughters, poor, deprived, backwards better opportunities and their improved participation,” he said. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister said that the free ration distribution scheme will continue for the poor till Diwali.
He said Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to administer nearly five crore vaccine doses. “In the last few decades, Uttar Pradesh has always been seen from the political prism. The state can play a lead role in the development of the country but it was not even allowed to be discussed,” he said.