Amidst the flurry of assembly elections to be held in Uttar Pradesh next year, the policies and functioning of the Yogi government of the state are being discussed and reviewed. If we look at the figures, after Yogi Adityanath took over the throne of UP in the year 2017, on one hand, the state’s GDP declined and on the other hand, unemployment also increased in both urban and rural areas. On the other hand, social sector spending was also cut.
According to RBI data, the GDP of Uttar Pradesh was growing at 6.9% between 2011 and 2017. However, it declined to 5.6% between 2017 and 2020. Similarly, between 2011 and 2017 in Uttar Pradesh, the amount being spent on the social sector was also cut by 2.6%.
Unemployment increased in both rural and urban areas: There were also setbacks on the employment front in UP. In the year 2011-12, 41 out of 1000 people in urban areas were unemployed. This figure rose to 97 between 2017-18 and 106 in 2018-19.
In rural areas, 9 out of 1000 people were unemployed between 2011-12. In 2017-18, this figure increased to 55. However, it came down slightly to 43 in 2018-19.
Let us tell you that in February of last year (February 2020), UP Labor Minister Swami Prasad Maurya had said that a total of 33.94 lakh people are unemployed in the state. Whereas till June 30, 2018, this figure was 21.39 lakh. That is, between June 2018 to February 2020, the number of unemployed increased by 58.43 per cent.
After Yogi Adityanath became the CM, the government was constantly claiming to rein in the criminals. Rapid encounters were also done, but incidents like Hathras raised questions on the government’s claim. According to the data, there has been an increase in the cases of crime, especially against Dalits after 2017. In the year 2017, where the total criminal incidents against Dalits were 27.7%. At the same time, in 2019 it increased to 28.6 per cent.