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Set roadmap for governance, Adityanath tells bureaucrats

LUCKNOW

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday directed senior officials of the state to prepare a roadmap for ‘good governance and transparency’ for all departments.

Presiding over a meeting of the officials, Yogi handed them the Bharatiya Janata Party’s vision document ‘Sankalp Patra’ for the 2017 state assembly elections, and asked the bureaucrats to study the document and ensure its “speedy and complete implementation”.

Adityanath also directed officials to declare their assets within 15 days. This comes a day after he issued a similar order to his ministers.

“It was an introductory meeting with UP government officials. The officials were told that the Sankalp Patra has to be implemented,” deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was also present, said.

The chief minister also asked officials to declare their assets – immovable and movable – within 15 days, Maurya said.

Officials present at the meeting said that the “maiden meeting with the new chief minister was good” though it had its “share of anxious moments”. They pointed out that they knew very little about the new chief minister, who is known for his firebrand Hindutva-oriented politics.

Yogi also asked policemen to ensure that law and order situation in the state improved within a week.

He referred to the late-night killing of a Bahujan Samaj Party leader in Allahabad and directed the director-general of police to bring the guilty to book. The chief minister was slated to attend a high tea hosted by Governor Ram Naik at Raj Bavan for the new ministers.

Earlier in the day, Yogi moved into the official chief minister’s residence. But before he moved in, seven priests from the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur, of which Yogi is the presiding priest, propitiated the gods.

Before moving into the 5, Kalidas Marg, the chief minister spent the night at a luxury suite in the state’s VVIP Guest House, where many senior officials visited him and sought directions.

Separately, the Congress questioned the BJP for not fulfilling its poll promise in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured the farmers of Uttar Pradesh that it would waive off their loans during the first cabinet meeting after coming to power in the state, says a New Delhi report.

“The prime minister had said that once they form the government in Uttar Pradesh they would waive off loans of farmers of the state in the very first cabinet meeting of the new state government,” senior Congress leader PL Punia said.

Indo-Asian News Service