Akhilesh Yadav completes 100 days in office
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is racing against time. Of the six months his father and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav gave him to deliver on the party’s promises, a little more than half is over. Umesh Raghuvanshi reports.lucknow Updated: Jun 22, 2012 00:45 IST
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is racing against time. Of the six months his father and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav gave him to deliver on the party’s promises, a little more than half is over.
The power crisis is probably the only issue that has played a spoiler in the euphoria that the government has tried to generate by taking policy initiatives. That apart, during his first 100 days in office, Akhilesh Yadav has given the impression of being a responsive chief minister though a lot remains to be accomplished.
A bit of post-poll violence had damaged the image of the new government even before it took office on March 15.
However, after 100 days the chief minister has been able to undo the damage to a large extent. He is open to ideas in official meetings and devotes hours watching power-point presentations, often turning the meetings into interactive sessions. He is willing to listen not only to officers but also legislators and senior leaders from the opposition parties as well.
There are steps afoot to implement the party’s poll promises – the payment of unemployment allowance to the youth, the distribution of tablets and laptops to students pursuing further studies after passing their 10th and 12th standard examinations and the waiver of farmers’ loans of up to Rs 50,000.
The implementation of just the prominent election promises of the party will put a burden of around Rs 7,433 crore on the exchequer in the current financial year. Allocations have been made for these projects in the annual budget for 2012-13.