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8 key decisions in 8 days: Is UP taking a U-turn with Adityanath in power?

From anti-Romeo squads to cleanliness drives, the new chief minister has been a busy man since taking office.

March 27, 2017 / 02:28 PM IST
New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with  Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath during their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo(PTI3_21_2017_000029B)

New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath during their meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo(PTI3_21_2017_000029B)

Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Uttar Pradesh believe that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who until now was known as saffron-cloaked Hindutva mascot of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has changed his  ways.

Only he can tell if he still relies on the religion card or prefers the role of a hardliner, but since he took the reins eight days ago, the state has already undergone several changes.

Moneycontrol takes a look at eight key decisions taken by new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the eight days since he has been in power:

Illegal meat ban: What is Lucknow without Tunde kebabs? But with illegal slaughter houses shutting shop amid a crackdown by the Adityanath government, meat delicacies are fading off the menu.

Big clean-up in government offices: March 25 was not a lucky day for the 60 retired senior officers who were shown the door after their re-employment was cancelled. These officers were holding on to their posts even after crossing the retirement age.

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Anti-Romeo squad: At an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah had vowed to protect the honour and chastity of girls. The new chief minister intends to keep those promises and has come up with the idea of anti-Romeo squads to deal with sexual harassment, which is a deep rooted problem in the state.

These squads comprise police officials who ask for ID cards of men seen loitering outside women’s colleges, schools and public spaces.

100-day priority plan: For ‘sabka vikas’, Adityanath is asking for ‘sabka saath’ for his 100-day priority plan. He has asked officers of all departments to come up with tasks that can be delivered in the first 100 days of the new government.

Pothole promise: The man who said "all promises will be fulfilled" has given the officials of Public Works Department the task of making sure that all state roads are pothole-free by June 15. Not leaving anything to chance, Adityanath has also directed officials to bring in contractors with a clean background for the road projects and to bid goodbye to those with criminal charges.

Clean UP, Green UP: ‘Daag ache hain’ for some, but not in government offices where the walls bear red stains. These walls will be whitewashed as the new Chief Minister has ordered a ban on the use of paan masala. To keep up with the cleanliness drive, he has also put a stop to the use of plastic bags in government offices.

Mark your attendance: You are not the only one to have visited a government office and find officers not at their desk because they were late to work or decided not to come at all. With biometric attendance in place, those residing in Uttar Pradesh can expect a better response rate. Officers reaching after 10 am, beware.

Cracking the whip: Under Adityanath's rule, babus will have to work for "18-20 hours or leave", the Chief Minister said.

To curb corruption, Adityanath has asked officials not to take up contracts of government works. He said there should be no interference from government officials in contractual projects and they should just keep an eye on them.

Also, to bridge the gap between public servants and public, Adityanath has urged his ministers to be there for the public when in need.

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