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‘SP chief’s claims of low GDP in UP false narrative’

LUCKNOW: A day after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the state government’s policies for a drop in the state’s GDP from 6.9% in 2017, when he was chief minister, to 5.6% currently, government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh on Friday said that Yadav’s “false’ narrative” was a figment of his imagination and very different from actual figures.
Singh said the State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP) of UP stood at Rs 12,88,700 crore when Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister and it grew rapidly to Rs 17,05,593 crore in 2020-2021.
“This accounts for 8.7% of the country’s GDP and is second only to Maharashtra. It is an achievement considering that the Yogi government had inherited a tale of depravity from the SP government,” he said.
Singh added that even the per capita income in UP rose significantly in over four years, despite the handicap of coronavirus pandemic.
Singh, who is also the MSME minister, said: “During the 2018 UP Investor Summit, MoUs worth about Rs 4.68 lakh crore were signed. Out of these, work has started on projects worth about Rs 2 lakh crore. I’m surprised that a person like Akhilesh Yadav is so ignorant. UP made a quantum jump to second position in ‘Ease of doing business’ rankings under the Yogi government. It is a defined parameter of creation of conducive environment for investors.”
The minister said expressways and new airports were being constructed and employment was being generated even during coronavirus crisis.
During the 2020 coronavirus lockdown, foreign companies made a beeline to invest in UP with an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore, the minister said, adding that Yadav also forgot about projects like Jewar airport, Film City in Noida and an investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the defence corridor.

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