At the launch event of ZEE UP-UK (Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand) Shri Subhash Chandra took the role of an anchor asking tough questions to the UP Chief Minister Adityanathji, who was the chief guest for the evening. Subhashji spoke to Adityanathji on many pertinent subjects.
He began by asking what would be the UP government’s expectations from ZEE UP & UK. “This is an important event for us. Often when I think about many things, my thoughts come to one incident from our scriptures and stops. Yaksh and Yudhisthira’s dialogue, about who is happy in this world and what is the greatest wonder? The latter replies stating that one who uses what is in his capacity to make things better in an honest manner is happy. For the second question, day after day countless people die. If we have come into this world we must go. Yet the living wish to live forever and keep running behind money and forgo their morals and ethics for it. What can be a greater wonder? My biggest expectation from the ZEE regional channel would be that it plays a positive role in the development of the state and gives space to successful stories to make a positive impact on society. Just the way your national channel is doing a great job in presenting news in a balanced and right way.” Adityanathji said.
Subhashji assured him that Zee UP-UK will exactly play that role for the development and growth of the two states.
On the UP government’s attempt to woo investors in UP and holding an investors’ meet, Subhashji expressed concerns and asked about the law and order and security situation in the state. “My government has accorded top priority to control crime and improve the law and order situation. Even tough we have a major shortfall of police officials, over 25 criminals have been shot dead in police encounters and over 1,400 sent behind bars. We are bringing in new Act UPCOCA to check organised crime effectively. If someone has made creating nuisance and violence their business then we will also make it our business and reply with the same kind. We have already taken several steps to provide security cover to investors and introduced a new industrial policy and single-window system to create an investor-friendly environment in the state,” stated Adityanathji.
Replying to Chandra’s question on widespread corruption at all levels, particularly in government schemes like mid-day meals where almost 40-50% budget gets siphoned off by middlemen, Adityanathji said that his government has introduced an e-office system to hold ministers and bureaucrats ‘babus’ accountable. ” I have invited organizations like Akshaya Patra to help us and reduce this. We are working towards eliminating this. Files would be cleared by ministers and bureaucrats within three days, or else they will held accountable for delay. This system would be implemented at all levels to weed out corruption, from top to bottom,” the Adityanathji assured.
On the subject of small scale and cottage industries, Subhashji asked if the government was taking any steps to help them as the per capita income in UP is lower than the national average. “There used to be a time when each part of UP was well known for some specific products like bangles or clothes etc. Is the government doing anything to revive this?” To which Adityanathji replied, “We have some excellent scemes now for traditional products of UP called One District One Product. We will be celebrating UP day on 24th January, we will launch this on that day. Food items, traditional products and handcrafts will be promoted nationally to help increase income of the common man”
“The government is dedicated to give events like Diwali at Ayodhya, Holi at Vrindavan etc wider recognition. We are also promoting the Kumb Mela on a very large scale, thanks to the support of PM Modiji’s initiatives. We are already preparing for it almost two years in advance. This will greatly benefit the whole state.”
Subhashji also sought to know the Yogi government’s plan to promote tourism. He pointed out that in a country like Thailand, tourism contributes 30 per cent in its per capita income, and if UP promotes tourism, it may surpass even the national average. “With the help of the Central government, the state government is promoting eco, spiritual and religious tourism. UP will top in the country in the coming days in attracting foreign tourists in the state,” assured Adityanathji.
Zee Media on Wednesday launched a new television news channel in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Shri Subash Chandra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanathji and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat unveiled the logo and officially launched the channel in an even in Lucknow.