Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has showed ample intent that he wants stringent law and order in the state. To ensure that, he is planning a major rejig in the police force, according to The Indian Express report. So far, he has held discussing with state DGP Javeed Ahmed. It has been learned that Ahmed could be replaced by BSF ADG Rajnikant Mishra. Notably, both Ahmed and Mishra are 1984-batch IPS officers, the report says. The report also said that Ahmed will get a key posting as among crucial posts vacant at the Centre at the moment is that of the CRPF chief.
Earlier, Chief Minister Adityanath had directed DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation, hours after a BSP leader was shot dead in Allahabad. Official sources said Adityanath expressed concern over the incident and stressed that restoring law and order was the top priority of his government. 60-year-old BSP leader Mohd Shami was gunned down by assailants close to his residence in Mauaima police station area, 40 km from Allahabad.
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The UP DGP 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, they said. Deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma also met Adityanath.
Maurya told reporters that the first meeting of the state Cabinet would discuss all key issues mentioned in BJP’s ‘sankalp patra’, which include loan waiver to farmers and ban on mechanised slaughter houses. Sharma told mediapersons that his meeting was just a courtesy call. “We will work for the welfare of the people with full vigour and ensure that the work is visible on the ground,” he said.
Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the DGP and Principal Secretary Home Debashish Panda met the chief minister at the VVIP Guest House here ahead of his meeting with the senior officials of the state.
The portfolios to the new ministers are likely to be announced soon. A 47-member Council of Ministers, including two deputy CMs, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ram Naik.
44-year-old Adityanath, who was sworn-in as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has promised to work for all sections of the society without any discrimination, pursuing the agenda of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’.
Subsequently, acting on the strict orders given by Adityanath, Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad had stressed on maintaining law and order and communal harmony in the state. At a meeting held in the evening through video conferencing with civil administration and police officials, the DGP and Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda asked to “ensure strict action to maintain law and order”.
The officials were also asked to crack down on criminals, organised crime and mafias, and ensure safety of women in the state. “The officers were asked to remain present in their offices on time and work on redressing the problems of the people. Besides, they were asked for better coordination with traders and ensure strict action to maintain communal harmony,” a senior police official said.
A meeting was held earlier in the day by the DGP in which the security of the chief minister was reviewed and officers were directed to undertake elaborate measures for the purpose. “No laxity will be tolerated in this”, the DGP said in his directive during the meeting.
(With agency inputs)