From cleaning of floors to surprise checks and big announcements, the first day of the Yogi government after allotment of portfolios was an eventful one.
The government kept the bureaucracy on its toes throughout the day reviewing major decisions taken in last 15 years, putting on hold the selection processes in higher and secondary education services commission, revamp of state’s education system, and hinting at an inquiry into the Lucknow- Agra Expressway project, and more.
Chief minister Aditya Nath Yogi surprised everyone by visiting the Hazratganj police station. He stayed there for more than 20 minutes and asked the policemen if all cases were being registered.
The CM also stressed on cleanliness, comfort (for victims) and a corruption- free environment.
In the presence of DGP Javeed Ahmad, SSP Manzil Saini and other top bureaucrats, Yogi said the police should be people-friendly.
Though the CM didn’t speak on the controversy on anti-Romeo squads, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said no one would be harassed.
One of the ministers, Upendra Tiwari, 45, picked up a broom and went about cleaning the floor of his office to emphasise Yogi government’s focus on cleanliness.
The CM’s surprise visit also caught on with other ministers who carried out similar inspections in their departments or promised to do so.
Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, 48, directed the officials of the public works department to prepare a list of 10 ‘bully contractors’ in the department. Maurya said he would continue to carry out surprise inspections in future.
“The message is clear. This government won’t tolerate any nonsense. We will provide a transparent government,” Maurya said.
Education minister Dinesh Sharma held a video conference with senior superintendents of police asking them to ensure there is no mass copying the ongoing UP Board examinations. He also emphasised on cleanliness in schools and colleges. “We will undertake surprise checks to verify if the directives are being followed,” he said.
New transport minister Swatantra Dev Singh also took officials by surprise by visiting the Kaiserbagh bus station where he took stock of cleanliness and hygiene.
Minority affairs minister Mohsin Raza visited his office and objected to Azam Khan’s photograph in the department.
Dr Mahendra Singh, minister began his first day as minister with a puja in his office.
Health minister Siddharth Nath Singh directed the officials to remove the word ‘Samajwadi’ from ambulances. The word ‘Samajwadi’ was used on ambulances by the Akhilesh Yadav government.
Agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi said his department was readying the blue print of loan waiver of small and marginal farmers – a pre-poll promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.