We will do whatever it takes to check crime and corruption,” asserts Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath about his unfinished tasks, as he enters the final two years of his tenure. He is the first BJP chief minister in the state to complete three years in office and the 48-year old saffron-clad leader is determined to make it a transformational journey for his state.
The MOTN August 2020 survey reveals that he is gaining in the perception that he is efficient administrator and is making the state more attractive to investors. This is even as his party’s Hindutva campaign and Ram Janmabhoomi movement reaches a defining moment with the beginning of the work on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. His rating as the best chief minister, pan-India, has improved from 18 per cent in January to 24 per cent in August. Adityanath’s focus now is to create jobs for the four million migrants who have returned home during the lockdown. Before the onset of the pandemic, he had launched initiatives to rev up the economy, welcoming investors to set
up industries. It is slowly coming to fruition.
According to Projects Today, which tracks projects and investments, UP’s cumulative investments have doubled from Rs 4.2 lakh crore in March 2015 to Rs 8.1 lakh crore in March 2020. Its project implementation ratio has improved from 36.9 per cent to 43.9 per cent, while the share of the private sector in investments went up from 29.4 per cent to 42.2 per cent between March 2018 and March 2020. With Nivesh Mitra, a single-window digital clearance platform, the CM has smoothened the application-toapproval cycle for investments. But with a per capita income of Rs 70,419, the second worst in the country and almost half the national average
of Rs 1.34 lakh, UP has a long way to go. “We succeeded in changing the perception of the state. Now UP is on the path of development and good governance,” says the CM.
Six months younger than him, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who assumed office on May 30 last year, enjoys a far greater appeal; 87 per cent in his home state approve of him, according to the MOTN poll, the highest rating for any chief minister. Support for Adityanath in his own state is only 49 per cent, with three others, Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal) and Nitish Kumar (Bihar) notching up 55 per cent or more.
What makes Reddy tick is that he has tried to keep the pre-poll promises made to the poor ahead of the 2019 assembly poll. There is also the saturation coverage of poverty-alleviation schemes, all tracked through a robust village secretariat system. Rolled out on October 2 last year, Reddy’s brainchild is emerging as the bulwark for future governance in the state. For this, he has created a huge administrative apparatus at the grassroots level. There is a village or ward secretariat for every 2,000 residents and one volunteer on an average to serve every 100 households. In this manner, he has also created 389,000 jobs. Volunteers arrange doorstep delivery
of services for eligible citizens. It is their job to ensure that beneficiaries in every household are identified and mapped, and appropriate services are proactively delivered to them in a transparent and time-bound manner. There is also a team of dedicated 200 call centre executives who track and monitor the progress in service delivery requests. In effect, with the help of technology, Jagan has developed an ecosystem for uninterrupted access to various services provided by the government