chidambaram: Yogi government added 40% to UP debt : P Chidambaram | India News

LUCKNOW: Asking people to think about what they are voting for, Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Sunday that the Yogi Adityanath model of government has impoverished the state and added 40% to the state debt.
Flaunting for his party, Chidambaram said the Congress slogan “Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon” added a new dimension to the goal of gender equality in the elections.
“What are you voting for? Chidambaram sought to know from the people, and said Adityanath’s governance model is a mix of “authoritarianism, stoking religious hatred, perpetuating caste enmity, police excesses and gender-based violence”. .
“This model has impoverished the state and kept the majority of the people of UP in poverty,” he said, adding that the total outstanding debt of the state exceeds Rs 6.62 lakh crore .
Hailing the people of Uttar Pradesh as the hardest working, he said: “You sent eight prime ministers to Delhi and all of them were honorable people. And if Narendra Modi is added to the list, he will be the ninth. Yet Uttar Pradesh is poor, its people are poor, and on many economic and social indicators the state is at rock bottom.
Stating that this is a hard-fought election, Chidambaram said there are four key players, and each of them has its own strength and appeal.
“Congress has, after a long interval, planted its flag in all 403 constituencies and presented candidates in all 403 constituencies. It gave a new dimension to the goal of gender equality in elections. His slogan Mai Ladki Hoon, Mai Lad Sakthi Hoon brought new energy to the campaign,” he said.
Praising Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the former finance minister said she campaigned tirelessly across the vast state.
“I sincerely call on the people of Uttar Pradesh to support Congress and vote for Congress candidates,” he said.
Attacking the Yogi Adityanath government for its performance, Chidambaram said the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Uttar Pradesh has steadily declined from 11.4% in 2016-17 to -6.4% in 2020-21.
“Per capita income is less than half the national average. Under Adityanath, per capita income actually fell by 1.9%. The total state debt stands at Rs 6,62,891 crore or 34.2% of the GSDP and Adityanath alone added 40% to the debt,” he said.
Citing the multidimensional poverty index published by NITI Aayog, Chidambaram said that 37.9% of the population of Uttar Pradesh is poor. He said young people are the most affected and the unemployment rate in the state is one of the highest in the country.
“As of April 2018, the unemployment rate in the 15-29 age bracket is in double digits and higher than the all India rate for this age bracket. One in four young people in urban areas was unemployed in April 2018 and March 2021,” he said.
“There are a large number of vacancies in the government; he cannot fulfill them because he has no money. The number of emigrants is 12.32 million i.e. one in every 16 people belonging to Uttar Pradesh migrated out of the state,” he added.
Chidambaram said the state urgently needs 2.77 lakh more teachers and the student-teacher ratio is one of the worst in the country.
“One in eight students drop out of school in grade 8. The college/university gross enrollment rate is 26.3%,” he said. Further attacking the government based on the figures, Chidambaram said the neonatal mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh is 35.7, the infant mortality rate is 50.4 and the under five mortality rate is 59.8 – all above the national average.
“The ratio of doctors is 0.64, nurses 0.43 and paramedics 1.38 – all below the national average. In district hospitals, there are only 13 beds per 100,000 inhabitants. In the NITI Aayog Health Index, in the last four rounds ending in 2019-20, UP ranked bottom,” he said.
“It’s time for a change,” Chidambaram said. “If your vote does not bring about global change – a change of government, a change of attitude, a change of policy, a change of direction and a change of values ​​- your vote will not do justice to your objectives and to those of your family and aspirations.”

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