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Unemployment has increased because of rise in population: Yogi Adityanath

“Population has increased, which is why unemployment has also increased,” Adityanath told a select group of media persons in Lucknow. UP registered a 60% increase in the number of unemployed people since June 2018 to 3.4 million. According to the 2011 census, the population of the state was around 200 million.

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 07.46 AM IST
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Yogi Adityanath has set a target of expanding UP’s economy to $1 trillion by 2024-25.
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanth has blamed the increase in unemployment in the state on increase in population while crediting his government’s ‘One District, One Product (ODOP)’ scheme with creating more than 500,000 jobs for youths in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector.

“Population has increased, which is why unemployment has also increased,” Adityanath told a select group of media persons in Lucknow. UP registered a 60% increase in the number of unemployed people since June 2018 to 3.4 million. According to the 2011 census, the population of the state was around 200 million.

The comments came in the backdrop of presentation of his government’s Rs 5.13 lakh crore budget, the state’s largest ever, which the CM “dedicated to the youth”.

“Under the ODOP scheme we have linked five lakh youths to banks... guarantee of employment on such a large scale is unprecedented,” said Adityanath.

Under the scheme, which was launched in January 2018, one product from each of the 75 districts in UP is identified and the makers of the product – artisans and other production units – are promoted through loans and marketing assistance, among other means, so that employment can be generated on a district level.

Adityanath has set a target of expanding UP’s economy to $1 trillion by 2024-25, from the estimated $250 billion in 2020-21, and infrastructural work is on in full swing to achieve it. The Purvanchal Expressway, India's longest expressway, is expected to be thrown open to the public from Diwali this year. While the foundation stone of the expressway was laid by Samajwadi Party during the term of the previous Akhilesh Yadav-led government, Adityanath said the BJP government has managed to make it wider and longer with lesser cost. “In December 2016, the cost of the expressway that was 110 metres wide and 340 km long was Rs 15,200 crore. We are making it 120 metres wide and 341 km long and are able to make it for Rs 11,800 crore,” said Adityanath, attributing the saving to “plugging leakages”

The CM also said that it was through this step to do away with inconsistencies in various ongoing projects, and even scrapping some projects, that the government was able to provide money for the Rs 36,000 crore farm loan waiver after taking charge in 2017.

“Other states tried to ape our step of waiving farm loans but are now struggling to stay afloat. If you use it as a political tool without any planning and vision, it won’t be successful,” he said.

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