Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday 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.
The chief minister, at a meeting with the state’s top IAS officers, said his government would have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against corruption. He also administered an oath of ‘honesty and cleanliness’ to the officers.
At his first interaction with senior officials in Lok Bhawan, the chief minister also instructed them to ensure implementation of BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto).
“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 was also present at 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.
He also told the officers to begin preparations for the new government’s first budget session -- between June 15 and July 15 -- and also the state budget.
Adityanath asked the officers to ensure that recruitment for government jobs was corruption-free and transparent.
Earlier, the chief minister held a meeting with top bureaucrats at the VVIP guesthouse, where is staying as a stopgap arrangement. Among those who attended the meeting were chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, principal secretary, Home, Devashish Panda and director general of police Javeed Ahamad.
Adityanath told the officials that law and order was among his government’s top priorities and that no laxity would be tolerated on this front.
The CM, according to sources, 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.
The CM also took feedback on the murder of a BSP leader in Allahabad and some other crime incidents and directed the officials to send the culprits behind bar immediately. The DGP was called twice by the CM.
“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.