Despite Corona, GSDP in Uttar Pradesh has increased by 40% in five years – Suresh Khanna

Lucknow: Even after the dire situation with regards to the Corona pandemic, there has been a big jump in the GSDP of UP i.e. Gross State Domestic Product. UP Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said on Monday that the state’s GSDP has increased by 40 percent in five years.

Khanna said in a press conference in Lucknow that despite the Covid-19 epidemic, Uttar Pradesh has done much better financial management. In the year 2016-17, when the BJP government was formed in the state, the GSDP of the state was Rs 12 lakh 47 thousand crore.

At present it has reached the level of Rs 17 lakh 49 thousand 469 crore. In this way, it has increased by about 40 percent in the last five years.

He said that along with this the debt deposit ratio of the state has also increased by about six percent. When the BJP government came to power five years ago, the ratio was 46 per cent. Now it has increased by six percent.

The Finance Minister said that under the program announced by his department for the next 100 days, a loan of Rs 21 thousand crore will be given to the eligible people under various heads. Its program has already started. For this, a program of 15-15 days has been asked to be prepared.

He said that in the next six months a loan of Rs 51,000 crore and in the next five years Rs 2 lakh crore would be disbursed. Khanna informed that more than 90 thousand banking outlets have been opened in the state during the last five years. Banking outlets also include Bank Mitras and Bank Sakhi. About 1,14,882 Bank Mitras and Bank Sakhi support the general public in this banking system. At present there are 19,056 bank branches in Uttar Pradesh. Thus, there are total 1,33,938 banking outlets in the state.

He said that in order to increase the banking facility in the state, the government has decided to set up 700 bank branches and 700 ATMs in the coming days. Khanna said that digital transactions have also improved a lot in Uttar Pradesh. In the financial year 2021-22 till December, digital transactions of Rs 268 crore were done, as compared to Rs 122.84 crore in the year 2017-18.

He informed that there has also been a significant increase in the number of bank accounts in the state through the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. In this case, Uttar Pradesh is at number one. Till the year 2022, there were seven crore 90 lakh beneficiaries of this scheme in the state, whereas five years ago their number was four crore 47 lakh. At present, an amount of Rs 33,493 crore is deposited in Jan Dhan accounts in the state.

Khanna said that the scheme run for street vendors under Prime Minister Svanidhi was the most successful in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, Uttar Pradesh also topped in the case of Atal Pension Yojana.

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