Uttar Pradesh chief minister (CM) Akhilesh Yadav has given a 15-day ultimatum to the senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Gautam Budh Nagar to improve the law and order situation in Noida and Greater Noida.
The CM has also told the district magistrate (DM) to speed up development projects and finish those stuck because of land acquisition and other issues.
Both officers, along with other DMs and SSPs of the state met the CM as well as the state chief secretary Javed Usmani in Lucknow on Friday for a review meet. While the CM and the CS addressed the officials in the first half of the meeting, the CS held a separate meeting with them later in the day.
DM MKS Sundaram told HT from Lucknow, "The CM has ordered the administration in all districts to start a practice of Tehsil Diwas on the first and third Tuesday of each month to hear the grievances of people and ensure their speedy redress. The CM has asked us to solve the problems of farmers on a priority basis."
"The CS will review the progress made in terms of development projects and law and order situation once a month, while the CM will do the same with police and administrative heads of all districts once in three months," the DM said.
SSP Praveen Kumar, soon after the meeting, told HT, "The CM has given us 15 days' time to improve the law and order situation. He has told us to deal with goonda elements with iron hand." The SSP said on his return to Noida on Saturday, he would hold a meeting with police officials and issue instructions for speedy and effective execution of the plans.
After the Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power in Uttar Pradesh two months ago, there have been a series of law and order issues and incidents of violence. In many of the cases, SP workers have been found involved. On Friday, he told about senior IPS and IAS officers, comprising DMs and SSPs of 75 districts of UP to shape up or ship out. Officials across the state have been told to implement the party's manifesto.
After a change of guard, the state government has ordered a slew of probes into projects initiated during the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) rule, besides transferring a large number of officials considered close to former chief minister Mayawati. This has resulted in development projects getting stuck at various stages. "But after Friday's instructions, things are likely to improve," said an official.