Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Yogi Adityanath after his swearing-in in Lucknow. (Reuters)
The newly-appointed government in Uttar Pradesh will reportedly get directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, a news report has claimed.
PM Modi has designated a senior bureaucrat to monitor the day-to-day functioning of the state's Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government, an India Today report said.
India Today quoted unnamed sources as saying the Principal Secretary to the PMO Nripendra Misra will be the point person between PM Modi and Yogi Adityanath. An Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer from the UP cadre, Nripendra Mishra was especially called by Modi in 2014, when he became the Prime Minister.
Further appointments in the state government will be made through Mishra who met Yogi Adityanath for a short while yesterday, the website reported.
Ministers have also been warned against speaking to the media except through the spokespersons for the UP government, another media report claimed.
The website said they discussed the implementation of government schemes so that their benefits accrued to the poor.
The Uttar Pradesh bureaucracy is likely to get a "change in outlook" in the next few days, the report stated. Work in that direction seems to have begun already -- government officials were administered a cleanliness pledge by the chief minister and have been told to give 100 hours annually for the cause. The chief minister has also asked them to be transparent in recruitments, stand up to political pressure and improve investment in the state, reports state.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath administered a cleanliness pledge to Govt officials. Officials pledged to give their 100 hours annually for the cause pic.twitter.com/AzisdroczS— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 20, 2017
Ministers have been asked to do away with red beacons on their vehicles.
Firebrand leader Adityanath's elevation as chief minister of one of India's most populous states, has many political analysts and observers worried because of his Hindutva leanings and controversial statements against Muslims who form a minority in the state.
The five-time Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur in eastern UP was elected by the state's legislators on Saturday, a week after the BJP won a landslide victory in the state assembly elections.
He has pledged to uphold Modi's slogan of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" ('all together, development for all').The new Uttar Pradesh chief minister got down to business right from day one, holding a meeting with senior officials from all government departments in state capital Lucknow. The officials were directed to bring a copy of the BJP poll manifesto (Sankalp Patra) and asked to read and implement it properly.
Ministers were directed to provide details of their movable and immovable properties and income tax within 15 days.
Deputy chief ministers KP Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were also present at the meeting.
Maurya told reporters that in its first meeting, the state Cabinet would discuss all key issues mentioned in the party's poll manifesto including loan waiver to farmers and a ban on mechanised slaughter houses. Dinesh Sharma promised to work for the welfare of the people and "ensure that the work is visible on the ground", PTI reported.
The ban on illegal slaughterhouses was one of the main points of the BJP’s manifesto in the recent elections. The party has also vowed to regulate the mechanised slaughterhouses. The approximately 130 legal slaughterhouses in the state provide employment to over two lakh people. Many Muslims, who are associated with the slaughtering business, fear harassment by vigilante groups.
Two slaughter houses in Allahabad city were also sealed by the local administration last night. The government claimed they were illegal.
Yogi Adityanath also asked Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving the law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad.
The UP top cop has been asked to hold video conference with the district magistrates and the superintendents of police of all the 75 districts of the state to take stock of law and order situation and other administrative issues, PTI quoted sources as saying.
The portfolios to the new ministers are likely to be announced soon.