Uttar Pradesh chief minister Aditya Nath on Monday directed senior officials of the state to prepare a roadmap for “good governance and transparency” for all departments.
Presiding over a meeting of the state’s top officials at the secretariat – Lok Bhawan, Aditya Nath asked the bureaucrats to study the BJP’s election manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’ and ensure its “speedy and complete implementation”.
“It was an introductory meeting with UP government officials. The officials were told that the Sankalp Patra has to be implemented,” deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was also present, told reporters. The other deputy CM Dinesh Sharma also attended the meeting.
Before the meeting, the officers were given a copy of the manifesto and the chief minister asked them to start making manifesto-related schemes and programmes in their departments and also prepare budgetary estimates for them.
Deadline for declaring assets
The CM also directed all state government officers to declare their income and assets (moveable and immovable) within 15 days.
He had ordered all his ministers to do the same a few hours after being sworn-in as CM on Sunday.
Aditya Nath said his government would have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against corruption. He also administered an oath of ‘honesty and cleanliness’ to the officers.
Law and order
The new chief minister also asked policemen to improve law and order situation in the state within a week.
Officials present at the meeting said Aditya Nath referred to the late-night killing of a BSP leader in Allahabad and directed the director general of police (DGP) Javeed Ahmad to bring the guilty to book. He also emphasised that police stations and tehsil offices should be free from political pressures.
Ahead of the meeting at Lok Bhawan, the chief minister also met top bureaucrats at the VVIP guesthouse where he was staying temporarily. Among those who attended the meeting were chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, principal secretary, Home, Devashish Panda and DGP Ahmad.
Aditya Nath told the officials that law and order was among his government’s top priorities and that no laxity would be tolerated on this front.
Sources said the CM directed the officials to ensure that FIRs were lodged on all complaints at police stations and that prompt action was taken in the cases.
He also told them to take the issue of women safety with utmost sensitivity and seriousness. “The new chief minister told us that law and order was among his top priorities and we will now take steps accordingly,” an official, who was privy to the meeting, told HT.
At this meeting too, the CM took feedback on the murder of a BSP leader in Allahabad and some other crimes.
“The new government will have to prove itself on the law and order front by taking tough measures and sending a message down the line, something that the new CM is doing,” said an official in the Home department.
At the meeting in Lok Bhawan, Aditya Nath also asked senior government officials to ensure that 30 districts of the state are open defecation free by December.
He administered a sanitation pledge to the officials and asked them to ensure that the pledge is effectively implemented, the state government said in a statement.
Later on Monday, Aditya Nath moved into the chief minister’s official residence at 5, Kalidas Marg after seven priests from the Gorakhnath temple of which he is the head priest, performed a ‘purification’ ritual.
(With inputs from agencies)