Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed Uttar Pradesh government officials to stop chewing pan, pan masala, etc. when in office, after seeing stained walls during his first visit to the secretariat annexe building in Lucknow.
“The chief minister visited all the floors of the annexe building and met officials posted there. After seeing betel stains on walls, he asked employees not to consume pan or pan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness,” deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who accompanied Yogi, said.
Adityanath also asked the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use plastic, Maurya told reporters.
The annexe, known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, houses the chief minister’s office and his secretariat, offices of the state chief secretary, principal secretary (home) and other senior IAS officers.
“The government has started working on the issue (of cleanliness)… you will see the changes soon. Till now, two slaughter houses have been shut down,” Maurya said.
Adityanath has directed all police officials to prepare an action plan to shut slaughter houses.
According to sources, Adityanath has also directed the police to put complete ban on cow smuggling.
The BJP manifesto for the assembly polls had said that all illegal slaughter houses would be closed and there would be a blanket ban on all mechanised slaughter houses.
After being assigned the charge of India’s most politically-crucial state, Adityanath assured that Uttar Pradesh would soon be considered as the supreme state in the country.
Earlier, on Monday, the priest-turned-politician 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.