Elections over, now’s the time for the real work to begin. Hindi daily Hindustan has embarked on a new initiative in Uttar Pradesh, ‘Rajneeti Khatm…Kaam Shuru’, which seeks to create a dialogue between citizens of the state and the state government. The campaign theme is ‘Suniye Mukhyamantri ji, Humare Shaher ki Awaaz’.
As part of this initiative, Hindustan and its sister-publication, Hindustan Times, are co-hosting the ‘Hindustan-Hindustan Times Uttar Pradesh Development Conclave’ in Lucknow on May 26, 2012.
The Conclave will add to the development agenda that the state government is putting together for the next five years. Former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, will deliver the inaugural address on ‘Vision for Uttar Pradesh’s Growth’.
Speaking on the Big Picture for UP, will be Minister of HRD, Communication and IT, Kapil Sibal, who is the Chief Guest for the Conclave. Delivering the keynote address on the growth agenda for UP and Presiding Chair on the Conclave will be UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Apart from the city-specific concerns and solutions that will be presented to the Chief Minister, the event will also see a series of panel discussions on key state-level issues that are imperative to fast-track UP on a growth trajectory over the next five years.
Thought leaders and leading subject-matter experts, industrialists and policy makers will come together to debate and discuss on topics like IT and the Information Superhighway of UP, Urban Regeneration and Governance in UP, and Industrial Transformation of UP.
The ‘Rajneeti Khatm…Kaam Shuru’ campaign was launched on April 28, 2012, with Hindustan asking citizens to identify the three top issues of their city and share their suggestions to tackle them, in a letter to the Chief Minister. The paper had encouraged citizens to write in through on ground activation programmes, outdoor campaign, radio, online and through editorial think pieces.
This letter format was printed in Hindustan across all editions in Uttar Pradesh. The paper claims to have received more than 62,000 letters in a span of 20 days. Hindustan has since then collated all city-specific issues and suggestions and is now taking these issues to their logical destination – to the UP Chief Minister.