Monday marks a week of Yogi Adityanath as CM of Uttar Pradesh. The 44-year-old has hit the ground running, grabbing headlines with a series of decision ranging from banning pan and gutkha at workplaces to cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses.
A new CM usually begins her stint by overhauling the bureaucracy but Adityanath has walked a different path. He retained former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s set up, but warned officers against laxity.
Here is a list of things he decided and ordered:
1) MINISTERIAL INCOMES: An hour after he took oath on March 19, Adityanath ordered all ministers to declare their income, movable and immovable properties within 15 days. He asked them to submit declarations to the CM secretariat. He also made them take an oath of cleanliness and honesty. He conveyed that his government would have zero tolerance on corruption and law and order.
2) CLEANLINESS: Adityanath administered his ministers an oath of cleanliness and honesty. Also he fixed every Friday as the day when the state staff must tidy up workspaces. He asked them to devote two hours per week to cleanliness. He also asked them to read up BJP’s 2017 poll manifesto and begin mulling over how to implement it in their respective departments. Also asked them to make budgetary provisions for it and begin preparing for the first cabinet meet.
3) PAN BAN: The next day, he ordered a ban on ‘Paan-masala, Gutkha’ consumption in government offices, hospitals, schools etc.
4) MEAT CRACKDOWN: He ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses and meat shops, and check cow smuggling. Many meat shops were burnt and businesses on strike with supplies drying up. The government has clarified that only illegal abattoirs would be targeted.
5) ANTI-ROMEO SQUAD: The CM also called for an end to road-side boozing and asked for the setting up of ‘anti-Romeo squads’ across the state. When the anti-Romeo action created an outrage with the way police responded, Adityanath on March 25 ordered making of guidelines and said police should not be inhuman while implementing it.
6) SETTING AGENDA WITH MODI: On March 21, he went to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss distribution of portfolios to his ministers. He also informed the PM Modi that MPs were lobbying for transfers, postings of officers. Modi, on March 23, ordered all MPs not to interfere in transfers, postings.
7) ACID ATTACK CRACKDOWN: On March 24, Adityanath visited an acid attack survivor. Gave her Rs one lakh aid and ordered the arrest of the culprits.
8) POT-HOLES: On March 25, Adityanth set a deadline of June 15 for making all UP roads pot-holes free.
9) METRO: The new CM has also announced Metro train projects for Gorakhpur (his Lok Sabha constituency) and Jhansi.
10) CRACKDOWN ON LAXITY: During a visit in Gorakhpur, Adityanath said those officers who cannot work 18-20 house were free to leave. He also said that the state would promote regional dialects.