Reversing several key decisions taken by her predecessor Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday scrapped three judicial commissions as well as the university status given to a dental college in Lucknow.
At a cabinet meeting, Mayawati also abolished the state's Subordinate Services Commission.
While no reason was officially given, a highly placed source said: "This was inevitable because most of these institutions were created either to oblige certain persons or to circumvent impartial probes sought into the actual irregularities."
In a landmark decision, the cabinet decided to evolve a privatisation policy to revive sick sugar mills in the government sector.
"The cumulative losses suffered by these mills was of the order of Rs 35 billion. This was also responsible for the ever mounting dues of the sugarcane growers. The revival of these mills was absolutely necessary," Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told journalists.
The three scrapped judicial commissions include the State Law Commission headed by retired high court judge Vishnu Sahai.
Another was the one headed by retired high court judge AN Gupta to look into alleged bungling in the allotment of prime residential and industrial plots in lucrative Noida, bordering the national capital New Delhi.
The third was also headed by a retired judge, S Zaidi, and was appointed to look into alleged irregularities in the allotments made by the state Housing and Development Board.
It was widely known that both the Noida and Housing Board commissions were hastily appointed by the Mulayam government after allegations of irregularities in land allotments.
After Mayawati's move, the King George's Dental University (KGDU) reverts to being a dental college under the Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University - the renamed King George's Medical University.
It was widely believed that the dental university was created only to oblige the former chief minister's personal dental surgeon, who was appointed vice chancellor of the university. No other dental college of the state was affiliated to this university, which barely had 400 students, in its three years of existence.