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Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said it was important for India’s progress that Uttar Pradesh also develops as it is a huge state with huge potential. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said it was important for India’s progress that Uttar Pradesh also develops as it is a huge state with huge potential. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

Niti Aayog-led joint panel to transform lagging Uttar Pradesh: Amitabh Kant

A joint working group comprising top functionaries of Niti Aayog and Uttar Pradesh govt was formed on Wednesday to prepare a roadmap for the state's development

New Delhi: A joint working group of the Uttar Pradesh administration and Niti Aayog will transform the state which lags behind in many areas despite huge growth potential, the government think-tank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant said on Thursday.

A joint working group comprising top functionaries of Niti Aayog and Uttar Pradesh government was formed on Wednesday to prepare a roadmap in next 15 days for the state’s overall development. “Uttar Pradesh has been lagging behind in several areas but there is a huge potential to transform the state.

“We will work with them (state government) to focus on outcomes of the joint working group," Kant told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event in New Delhi. The focus will be on all the areas, including health, education, infrastructure and tourism, for overall development of the state, Kant added.

Kant said it was important for India’s progress that Uttar Pradesh also develops as it is a huge state with huge potential. Speaking on governance, learnings and global experience at the Ficci event, he said most of the recommendations by the Aayog on strategic divestment of sick public sector units (PSUs) have been approved by the union cabinet. Recently, the government think-tank recommended closure of several more sick central public sector entities to address the issue of mounting losses incurred by them.

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