Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh, as the name suggests, is a state situated in the north-central part of the Republic of India. Uttar Pradesh (abbreviated as UP) is the fourth largest state economy of India as also the most populous state with 16.17% of the country's population. It is surrounded by Bihar in the East, Madhya Pradesh in the South, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana in the west and shares an international boundary with Nepal. Uttar Pradesh has been the cradle of civilization and culture, because it is around the Ganga river that ancient cities and towns sprang up.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)

Economy

Uttar Pradesh has traditionally been an agrarian state, which extracts 25% of its GDP contribution from food production. It is now changing and turning into an hub of IT, electronic manufacturing and Start-Ups. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of MSMEs (Micro small and medium enterprises) in India and is the largest exporter among the land locked states. The handloom woven textiles from Varanasi (zari,chikan and brocade embroideries), khurja pottery from Bulandshahr, brass work from Moradabad, sports and musical equipment from Meerut and leather products from Kanpur and Agra have acquired a rising share of the international market.

Industrial Climate & Infrastructure

Uttar Pradesh has developed a very vibrant industrial climate, with the Industrial Investment and Employment Generation Policy 2017 and other 20 sectoral policies to attract investment. The State provides an investor friendly environment with ICT enablement and simplification of existing procedures.  It has one of the best single window clearance mechanisms in the country, the Nivesh Mitra. To complement the enabling policy environment, the State offers safe and secure environment for industrial development. In terms of infrastructure, UP is fast on the road to progress with two international airports, and a metro network coming up in its capital city of Lucknow. It has one of the largest bus services in the country with around 10,000 buses in operation.

Tourism and heritage

Uttar Pradesh is home to some of India's most visited sites, the most famous being the Taj Mahal in Agra.  The state's religious significance has been a major contributor to its tourism industry. While Jhansi, Lucknow and Meerut are historical cities famous for their monuments, Mathura, Vrindavan, Varanasi and Ayodhya are some of the holiest cities of the Hindu religion. Uttar Pradesh also hosts the largest religious gathering of the world, the Kumbh Mela every 12 years.