4-6 January 2017

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Panel Discussion I: Umeedo-Ka-Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh: Special Focus on Investment in Uttar Pradesh & Engaging Diaspora for Development

Uttar Pradesh is one of the largest states in India with a GDP of US$147.92 billion. In the past five years, the state has grown remarkably in terms of both state domestic product and per capita income. Uttar Pradesh has claimed the top spot with the highest share of about 15 per cent in PPP projects across India and has the highest share of about 22 per cent in terms of value in total PPP investment projects under construction across India.

The state economy has been largely dependent upon the agricultural sector and it is the top producer of wheat, sugarcane, potato, food grains and milk production in the country. In the recent past, the state’s economy has witnessed rapid structural transformation progressing into industrialization. With a population of more than 215 million people, the state presents huge market potential and a large base of skilled manpower. Uttar Pradesh has developed good industrial, social and physical infrastructure at a fast pace. Infrastructure projects like Lucknow Metro, Agra-Lucknow expressway, Trans Ganga and IT City are contributing to the state’s upward development path. With the maximum share of SMART and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) cities in India, Uttar Pradesh is poised to rise high in its growth trajectory. In recent times, UP has emerged as a key hub for IT/ITeS and Electronics sectors.


The emergence of Uttar Pradesh as an attractive investment friendly destination is attributable to creation of conducive environment and progressive policy measures. The state has crafted forward looking policies like UP IT & Start-up Policy 2016, UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2014, UP Textile Policy 2014, UP Solar Power Policy 2013 and UP Infrastructure & Industrial Investment Policy 2012. The outcome of these policies initiatives has resulted in massive investment by renowned leading international and national companies like OPPO Mobile, Samsung Electronics, Lava International and HCL Technologies, in Uttar Pradesh. The policies provide sector specific fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for encouraging investments in the state.

Uttar Pradesh has become a hotbed for investment in the IT/ITeS and Electronics sectors. Delving deeper into how UP IT & Start-up Policy 2016 and UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2014, have contributed towards UP becoming a frontrunner in these sectors is as follows:

UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2014: The Government of Uttar Pradesh has set a vision to transform Uttar Pradesh into a Global Hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector to cater both domestic and global demand. To encourage Electronics Manufacturing Industry, Government of Uttar Pradesh has unveiled “UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2014”. The mission of the policy is to make Uttar Pradesh \the most preferred destination for electronics manufacturing industry in the country. The policy focuses on providing best range of incentives ranging from 15% Capital Subsidy, 5% Interest Subsidy for 7 Years, 100% exemption on Stamp Duty, 100% Tax Reimbursement, 25% Land Rebate and above all special Tailor-made package for establishing Mega Projects within the Uttar Pradesh. The State is coming up with 3 Greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) in NCR Region, two (one – 100 Acre EMC & another 105 Acre EMC) at Sector 24, Yamuna Expressway and another 210 Acre EMC at Ecotech VI & VII, Greater Noida.

Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with mobile phone giant Samsung Electronics for an investment worth Rs 2,000 crore in Noida for setting up a Manufacturing Unit which will give boost to the Make in UP Campaign. Inking the pact with the state, Mr. HC Hong, CEO of Samsung said “The UP Government has a very investor-friendly policy that is the reason we are expanding our business in the State. We had already opened a Research Centre with the investment of Rs 500 crore. Now Samsung will open 2.5 lakh new retail shops in Uttar Pradesh, which will create job opportunities for over two lakh youth.”

Till date, INR 8,000 Crore of investment in Greenfield EMCs have been received, with the potential of creating employment for more than 2 lakh people.

ESDM Industries which have shown interest for the Greenfield EMC

UP IT & Start-up Policy 2016: The HCL IT City project is an outcome of fruition of Uttar Pradesh IT Policy 2012 (predecessor of UP IT & Start-up Policy 2016), whereby several benefits have been conferred on HCL Technologies under the policy. A 100 Acre IT City is being built in Lucknow on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with country's fourth largest IT services company, HCL Technologies. The project entails an envisaged investment worth INR1500 Crores. It is expected that total employment generation of 75,000 will take place from HCL IT City, whereby 25,000 people would benefit from direct employment and 50,000 people would benefit from indirect employment. HCL IT City is based on “Walk to Work” model whereby hostel, residential and office facilities would be available within one premise. A 10 acre Skill Development Centre (SDC) became operational in November 2016 within the HCL IT City. SDC is imparting training to youth in the state, equipping them with IT employability skills, which thereby would lead to gainful employment. The SDC would give training to 1000 students each year in the initial phase, which would be expanded to 5000 students each year in the later phase. Giving thrust to “START IN UP”, the Government of Uttar Pradesh promotes startup culture using INFUSE model (INcubators – FUnd of Funds – Startup Entrepreneurs). The financial support from the government shall be provided to Incubators, Startups and Venture Capitalist funding the startups. The Government of Uttar Pradesh shall establish an initial INR100 Crore Start-up corpus Fund to mobilize startups in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Government hope that the UP diaspora forms an angel (investment) network for investing in the start-ups from Uttar Pradesh, soon.

The state houses Incubators like IT-UPVAN (Information Technology – Uttar Pradesh Ventures and Angel Network) at Lucknow and Ghaziabad. It is also setting up Incubators at premier academic institutions like IIT BHU, IIM-Lucknow (Noida) and KNIT Sultanpur. The state has also collaborated with a Hyderabad based organization to set up robust network of incubators across Uttar Pradesh.

Further, to unleash the entrepreneurial instincts of college students in Uttar Pradesh the state government partnered with Startup Village, India’s #1 ranked Incubator for its Silicon Valley #StartInCollege program, which aims to build world-class start-ups in an academic set up backed by industry mentors and experts.

Making the diaspora participant in UP’s growth story

Conceptualizing and framing progressive policies is essential for meeting the developmental aspirations of various stakeholders ranging from government, investors to common citizens. An equally important and challenging dimension of policy formulation lies in its implementation. The power of policies implemented in the right manner can result in immense transformation. With the objective of providing single point of contact for investors and entrepreneurs seeking to make investment in Uttar Pradesh, state government has instituted Udyog Bandhu under Department of Infrastructure and Industrial Development. Udyog Bandhu facilitates investment in industrial and services sector in Uttar Pradesh, providing single window clearance to investors in a time bound banner. There is a dedicated policy implementation unit for focus sectors of IT/ITeS and Electronics. The global consultancy firm, KPMG is the Policy Implementation Unit (PIU) Partner for UP IT & Start-up Policy 2016 and UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy 2014.

Uttar Pradesh Government believes that the state can attain new heights of glory, by making its diaspora a participant in the state’s growth story. NRIs of UP have carved a niche in their respective fields and the state government would like to invite them to share and apply their rewarding learnings and experiences gathered from across the world at their home front. The state would like to forge fruitful collaboration with its diaspora to propel various sectors in Uttar Pradesh. The state would like to create greater synergy and coherence in their engagements across the spectrum.

Panel Discussion II: Partners in Growth- Special Focus on Health

Uttar Pradesh with approximately 23 million people has largely been focusing upon Health sector considering the fact that a healthy population is a crucial indicator of the progress of socio-economic development of the society. The state Government is the most dominant contributor to the health services in Uttar Pradesh, however in the last few years govt. has initiated some projects on PPP model to establish the health infrastructure bringing latest technology and advancement in treatments.

In the last 5 years, Government of Uttar Pradesh has shown its commitment to provide high quality, affordable and accessible, basic and comprehensive health care services to its residents. An extensive infrastructural network of Medical and Health services in the government as well as private sectors has been initiated and created in the state. Significant steps have been taken in improving the health indicators like birth rate, death rate, infant mortality rate etc.

Uttar Pradesh has made significant investment in health infrastructure with UP as a large public as well as private health care infrastructure. At present, seven Medical Colleges at Agra, Jhansi, Meerut, Gorakhpur Kanpur, Allahabad, a medical university at Lucknow and a Super Specialty hospital, SGPGI, Lucknow are being run by the state government. In addition to these, two medical colleges are also functional which are owned by the Government of India. The state has also one reputed King George Medical University at Lucknow. The state is also in process of developing four more Super Specialty Hospitals i.e. Balrampur Hospital, Civil Hospital, and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital at Lucknow and Safai Hospital at Etawah. The state has provided 70 Acres land to central government for constructing AIIMS in Gorakhpur & Rae Bareilly cities. The state has constructed a state of the art cancer hospital in Lucknow. With the efforts of Hon’ble CM, the renowned Medanta group is constructing Medanta Hospital in CG city, Lucknow with an envisaged investment of INR 1,000 crores on 12 Acres of land.

Recently government has handed over a 500 Beds mother and child super specialty hospital at Shaheed Path to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Science, Gomti Nagar on around 2 acre land.

Besides that the state has also 53 district hospitals, 13 combined hospitals, 388 community health centres, 823 block primary Health Centers (PHC’s), 2817 additional PHC’s apart from 20521 sub centers.

In terms of better healthcare facilities, the CM has announced installation of 54 digital X-ray machines, 118 colored ultrasound machines, 20 X-ray machines and 33 operation machines for orthopedic operations in government hospitals. 100 X-ray machines, 99 ultrasound machines and 455 ECG (electro cardiogram) machines are being provided to different community health centres.

In the private sector, the state has three full-fledged private medical colleges and hospitals, more than twenty dental colleges and 4193 male /female hospitals/ nursing homes at district level. However there are large numbers of registered small hospitals & nursing homes in the state which play an important role in providing medical service to the rural and urban populations. Uttar Pradesh is known for several healing techniques, which form part of alternate medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani & Homeopathic. There are 24650 medical centers, 2108, Ayurvedic centers, 253 Unani centres & 1483 Homeopathic centres.

Medical Education: The state is now giving more emphasis on the medical education in Uttar Pradesh. There are 11 medical colleges in U.P. – 7 in Public Sector and 3 in Private Sector. The State Government is opening a new medical college at Saifai and it is proposed that a Rural Post-Graduate Medical Institute would be established at Azamgarh.

Collaborations and Partnerships: Public private partnership is becoming a popular mode of implementing government programmes and schemes throughout the country and the state is aiming to leverage this model. There have been many initiatives to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of healthcare services in the country. In this context World Bank assisted Uttar Pradesh Health system Development Project (UPHSDP) to gear up delivery system of the existing health care infrastructure to provide high quality, effective, responsive & integrated health services to the rural people. The project aims at covering all the districts of the state for strengthening and management of health services through public private partnership. The capacity building of government health facilities and infrastructural development have been the thrust area of intervention. The project has also played catalytic role in making appropriate policy reforms in health sector in Uttar Pradesh. The restructuring and redesigning of organizational structure of health department by merging the family welfare department with comprehensive human resource policy is one of the major steps conceived by the project authorities. To fulfill this ultimate objective of the project, an innovative scheme has been started in 2003. The scheme aims at providing limited curative and preventive health care services to the disadvantaged section of the society, especially women, and the poor in remote areas which are identified which are served as un-served areas by the district health authorities. The services include prenatal, natal, post-natal care, immunization of children, health education and linkage with government /private sector for its referral services, in order to reduce maternal and infant death rates. The scheme is being implemented with the help of local level support organizations/ NGOs who are supposed to create sub centre level health infrastructure called “Abinav Swastha Kendra” at the selected village locations to cover the population of 5000 to 10000. A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been established at the head quarter level, Lucknow to ensure functioning of and monitoring of the project activities,

Free Treatment: The state government has been providing free health services to the poor who are suffering from serious ailments of kidney, liver and cancer. Admission in government health care Centers and hospitals has been made free for all patients in the state. BPL card holders are being provided free health testing and treatment.

108 Samajwadi ambulance service: In September’ 2012, CM Akhilesh Yadav launched ‘108’ Samajwadi Ambulance service after completion of 6 months as a CM. On receiving calls on the toll-free number 108, this free-of-cost ambulance that is available 24*7 reaches a patient, gives medical aid and shifts them to hospital. Fleet of 1,488 ambulances are operational covering all districts of the state. So, far, 60 Lakh patients have benefited from this service.

102 Ambulance Service: 102 Ambulance Service was launched by CM on January’ 2014. Currently, a fleet of 2, 272 ambulances are operational that are dedicated to giving relief to pregnant women and one-month old infants. This service is available free 24*7, 365 days through the centralized Call Centre 102. So, far, one crore, four lakh people have benefited from this service.

Plan for Girls re-admission to schools: Acting on a report which says “23 per cent girls leave schools and colleges as they do not have access to affordable sanitary napkins”, the state government inaugurated the low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing units set up in 40 out of 75 districts in the state in Jan 2016.

In a bid to become the country’s first state where 100% women would start using sanitary napkins, the Akhilesh Yadav government has decided to establish sanitary pad manufacturing units at block levels across UP. This would help provide low cost sanitary napkins to women and protect them from various diseases often caused by unhygienic menstrual management. The innovative programme would not only help women overcome the menstrual hygiene problem but it would also generate employment for them locally.

Considering the underline fact of ‘Health is Wealth’, the government of UP has put in its best efforts to make available economical and better health facilities with robust infrastructure not only to urban areas but also to far-flung rural areas.

Engaging with the Diaspora

The Government of Uttar Pradesh looks forward to forming fruitful partnership with its diaspora and explore new avenues of opportunities in the health and healthcare sectors. A large number of NRIs from Uttar Pradesh have made great accomplishments in various areas of health across the globe, and Uttar Pradesh can make great strides in effectively developing this sector further, together with its diaspora.

Panel Discussion III: Trace Your Roots / Girmitiyas

Girmitiyas: A big tree with many branches but with deep roots “Connect to your motherland as there is so much to learn from ancient Indian technologies” J Goburdhun

A large number of Indians migrated to various Commonwealth countries like South Africa, West Indies, Mauritus, Fiji etc. during the last decade of 19th century and in the first decade of 20thcentury. Majority of them were immigrants from Uttar Pradesh, especially from eastern Uttar Pradesh. The descendants of these families have a deep sense of attachment to Indian culture and traditions. Similarly, a sizeable number of Indians migrated to England, America and to some other European countries and obtained citizenship there.

The term 'Girmit' was a corrupted form of the 'Agreement' that was arrived at between the British Government and the Indian labourers as to the length of their stay in Fiji and when they would be allowed to return to India. Girmitiyas are descendants of the indentured Indian labourers. They cherished a desire to visit the motherland of their ancestors, acquaint themselves with their heritage and the present day living conditions of India. They also craved to see those particular places where their forefathers lived before.

For tracing the roots back of such Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Person of Indian Origins (PIOs) from Uttar Pradesh, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has set up a dedicated department for NRIs – “UP NRI Department,” to engage the diaspora of UP on a continuous basis for the socio-economic development of the state through various initiatives. This department works to address the problems and concerns faced by the NRI community and also encourage them to invest in their homeland.

The NRI Department of Uttar Pradesh runs a devoted portal – with the endeavor of strengthening the bond of UP Ratnas (NRIs/PIOs from UP) with their homeland. The portal provides vast array of offerings like registration for NRI cards, doing business in UP, effective grievance redressal system etc.

The NRI Department, set up in Udyog Bandhu, has already initiated the process of contacting Indian embassies to collate data and profiles of persons of Uttar Pradesh origin.

Vision and Mission of UP NRI Department


“The NRI department has been founded to look after the interests and welfare of the Non-Resident Indians belonging to the State, and to ameliorate procedural delays in matters pertaining to them. The Department shall engage the Diaspora in the growth journey of Uttar Pradesh by harnessing their knowledge, skills and global reach to dovetail the same in the developmental efforts of the State”


  • Connect with Indian Diaspora and bring them closer to their roots
  • Enhance the sense of belongingness to their Motherland amongst UP NRIs
  • To provide distinct identity to UP based NRIs/ PIOs/ OCIs by issuing U.P. NRI Card.
  • To tap the technological, managerial and financial resources of the U.P. NRIs so as to collaborate the technical and professional skills and the human resource of the state for the economic and industrial development of the state.
  • To establish effective communication with U.P. NRIs in various parts of the world and prepares and maintains a comprehensive data-base about NRIs of U.P.
  • To monitor the general welfare of the NRIs and in time of crisis identify specific problems of U.P. Origin Non Resident Indians groups and take up the same with Government of India.
  • To recognize outstanding contribution by UP NRIs to the country of their residence and the State through UP NRI Samman Awards.


  • To keep records, information and formulate policy
  • To attract investment in the state from Non-Resident Indians by facilitating through a single window system
  • Organize investor meet every year for Non Resident Indians (NRIs/PIOs/OCIs) / persons granted emigration in the state
  • Develop and maintain website for Non Resident Indian Department and give facility to NRIs to register themselves on website
  • Determine beneficial welfare schemes. Issue NRI card. Provide help to Non Resident Indians to get visa / emigration
  • Provide immediate solution to Non Resident Indians on the issues related to Revenue / Domicile / Labor.
  • Implement the scheme by setting up NRI Rural Infrastructure Fund for Non Resident Indians (NRIs/PIOs/OCIs) / persons granted emigration in the state.
  • Provide information regarding safe and valid emigration.


    Vision: “Engage the diaspora in the growth journey of Uttar Pradesh by harnessing their knowledge, skills and global reach”

    Taking cognizance of the imperative to deepen the physical and emotional connect between Uttar Pradesh and its diaspora, the Government of Uttar Pradesh organized the first ever Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Divas in 2016. The underlying idea of Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Divas is to rekindle and consolidate the bonding of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) whose roots can be traced back to Uttar Pradesh and to encourage them to treat Uttar Pradesh as their preferred destination for investment in business.

    Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Divas 2016 witnessed participation from over 200 delegates, where numerous interactive sessions were organized between the UP government and the NRI investors. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of UP, Shri Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated an exhibition highlighting the achievements of the Uttar Pradesh government in its development agenda and focusing on areas of interest for investment by NRIs and PIOs. Sixteen NRIs were awarded UP Apravasiya Bharatiya Ratna Puraskar in recognition of their outstanding performance in the fields of their choice in foreign lands and for their contributions to the development of Uttar Pradesh. The three day event held at Agra, was a grand success.

    Continuing the legacy of tracing the roots of its diaspora back to their homeland, the Government of Uttar Pradesh is organizing Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Divas 2017 from 4th-6th January 2017 in Lucknow. The event is being organized by UP NRI department in collaboration with CII & KPMG as knowledge partner.