After warning officers to improve their performance, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav appears to be in an action mode now.
As a number of district authorities and departments have failed to get their act together, a two-day conference of senior administrative and police officers will be convened soon for a thorough review of the ground realities on various fronts in Uttar Pradesh.
A preliminary assessment about the performance of districts and departments in the last seven months (the Akhilesh Yadav government was installed on March 15, 2012) has been already made. These assessment reports will be put up before the chief minister at the conference.
As per the assessment, 12 to 15 district authorities and a similar number of departments have not been able to improve their performance despite warnings from the CM's office. The CM had expressed his displeasure on the issue and the officers were asked to send their reports about the compliance with his directives and release of funds by November 6.
"The two-day conference is likely to be convened after Diwali. The chief minister will review the law and order situation on the first day and the development works on the second day," said a senior officer.
"The CM had clearly indicated the state government's priorities at a senior administrative officers' conference after the installation of the Samajwadi Party government. Later, the officers were reminded about the government's agenda or action programmes at reviews at various levels. This time, the CM is in a mood to act," said the officer.
Various departments have been asked to furnish information about development projects, the status of release of funds and the action taken on the chief minister's announcements and directives.
This is not the first time that the CM has given signals of being in an action mode. A letter sent by the chief minister's secretariat to the principal secretaries had clearly indicated the CM was upset over the delay on the part of departments in releasing the funds.
On Thursday, the CM also indicated his government would not tolerate any disturbance of law and order.In an interaction with newspersons in Moradabad, he said his government would strictly deal with those trying to disturb peace and that it had made its intentions clear while controlling the riots in Faizabad, he said.