The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government wants IAS officers of UP cadre who are currently posted at the Centre back in the state. As per the report by Indian Express, state chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar has written a letter to the Department of Personnel and Training seeking the return of these nine senior officials.
Those officers whom the state government want to be repatriated include Alok Tandon, Additional Secretary in cabinet secretariat; Sunil Kumar, joint secretary in the Department of Commerce. Shashi Prakash Goel, joint secretary in the HRD Ministry; and Anurag Srivastava, joint secretary in the AYUSH Ministry. The DoPT is still considering the state’s request.
In the meantime, during a cabinet meeting yesterday, the state government had cancelled at least 15 public holidays, which were announced by the previous BSP and SP governments, said Indian Express report. Later, the official release said all state government employees can still avail restricted holidays on these days. In the Cabinet meeting, the state government cancelled 15 holidays declared to mark the birth and death anniversaries of some of the eminent personalities.
Speaking on the decision, state cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said that schools and colleges instead of being closed will instead teach students about the great personalities on these days.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while speaking on the occasion of Dr BR Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary, Had expressed concern over the deterioration in academic sessions because of so many holidays.
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According to a report by the paper, Adityanath had said, “There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, a special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them. The 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to such holidays and if this tradition continues, there will be no day left for teaching in schools.”