Akhilesh Yadav, the Digital CM made a revolutionary announcement a few weeks back of distributing Samajwadi Smartphone to the eligible citizens of the state. To take this forward, on 17th October, he signed a memorandum of understanding with Samsung Electronics for an investment of Rs. 2,000 crores in Noida. The MoU was signed between Samsung India president and CEO H C Hong, and state Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. Samsung will invest the money over the next three years to double the manufacturing capacity of its Noida facility.
“In line with our commitment to ‘Make in India’, we are pleased to receive the UP government’s approval to invest in the state and expand our manufacturing base here in India,” Hong said during the visit. Samsung also plans on getting an additional 1.3 lakh square meter for the expansion, a move that will generate additional employment for 2,200 people. Samsung’s mobile phone manufacturing capacity will be doubled from 6 crore units a year to 12 crores.
UPCM Akhilesh Yadav who was present during the function said mobile phone companies will invest in the state “in a big way” once the Samajwadi Smartphone scheme is implemented. “We distributed laptops. Ab mobile ki demand badhegi. Ho sakta hai ki itna baantna pade ki banane mein log peechhe ho jayein (Now, the demand for cell phones would also increase and it is likely that the manufacturers will not be able to meet it),” he said.
The CM had announced the scheme to provide smartphones through which, the government will reach the people and apprise them of its achievements and works, but the distribution is scheduled to start from next year, after the completion of the state Assembly elections.
The Digital CM said that the investments in the state were “rising” and job opportunities were being created for the youth because of the government’s policies.
“Apart from quick decision making, we have ensured balanced development. When we thought of an expressway, we also ensured four-laning of district roads. When we distributed laptops, we also promoted dairy development,” he said. “Isi raftar se Uttar Pradesh aage badhega to number 1 par dikhayi dega (If we keep continuing to grow at this pace, we would soon be No. 1 state)”.
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