Yogi Adityanath has completed first 60 days as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. In these two months, his popularity as a no-nonsense, people-friendly and development-oriented CM has increased manifold in the state as well as elsewhere in the country. Yogi’s declared mission is to make UP a crime-free and developed state of the country under his watch and he has announced a number of measures in this regard in the last two months. But then, Uttar Pradesh is too large a state, and 60 days is too less a time to change the face of the state, which has been a victim of the apathy of the ruling class for decades.
Here are top 10 highlights of Yogi Adityanath’s 60-day rule in the state:
1. Crime continues to haunt
Making Uttar Pradesh crime-free is one of the biggest declared objective of CM Yogi. But then, it seems this is not an easy goal and gives opposition enough ammunition to attack the government. On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar said that Yogi should resign if he cannot control crime in the state. “103 incidents of loot and 76 killing have taken place ever since the Adityanath government took over the reins of the state,” he claimed.
On Saturday last, two jewelers were shot dead by armed robbers in Mathura. The incident, which was captured on CCTV, proved that criminals are still roaming free in UP without fear.
2. Farm loan waiver, schemes for farmers
In the first Cabinet meeting, Yogi government announced several measures for farmers, including a farm loan waiver of up to Rs 1 lakh each for over 2 crore farmers; wheat and potato procurement at MSP; an instruction to sugar mill owners to clear dues of sugarcane farmers.
बुधवार को लखनऊ में विधान सभा सत्र के अवसर पर। pic.twitter.com/bcMcB38wqV
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 18, 2017
3. Opposition in disarray
The massive strength of BJP and its allies has not made the opposition leaders come together. Instead, they are divided. While BSP has been rocked by controversy over the removal of senior MLA Naseemuddin Siddique, SP stands divided between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal.
4. Slaughterhouse ban
Banning illegal slaughterhouses in the state had won both praise and ridicule for the Yogi government in the first month. As the administration even forced small chicken and meat houses to close shops in many parts of the state, the ban decision became a topic of discussion across the country. However, the situation has now started to return to normalcy.
5. Legal troubles
The illegal slaughterhouses ban was challenged in the Allahabad high court. On April 7, the court observed that choice of food was part of right to life. Last week, the court directed the government to issue fresh licences to the slaughterhouses.
आज विधान सभा, लखनऊ में कानून व्यस्था के मुद्दे पर । pic.twitter.com/akMgmTGTLW
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 16, 2017
Personally, Yogi Adityanath is in legal trouble as he had not yet resigned from the Parliament even after becoming the UP CM. On May 16, the Allahabad high court issued a notice to Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi, on a petition seeking disqualification of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, from their respective posts.
6. Probe into previous government’s works
Yogi Adityanth has ordered probes into the works done by Akhilesh Yadav government, including the Lucknow-Agra Expressway and the Gomti riverfront development projects. The government has reportedly found Rs 600-crore of unused money in Lucknow-Agra Expressway accounts. Yogi government has also reportedly found that of the Rs 1,500 crore that was allocated for Gomti riverfront development project, 95 per cent was already spent but only around 60 per cent of the work was completed
आज गोरखपुर प्रवास के दौरान गोरखनाथ मंदिर परिसर स्थित आवास पर प्रातःकाल गौशाला में गायों को गुड़ खिलाया। pic.twitter.com/oeXv0pYDXR
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 13, 2017
शहीद की पत्नी को 4 लाख रु0 का चेक एवं 2 लाख रु0 की एफ0डी0 प्रदान की । pic.twitter.com/6nlomsip1h
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 12, 2017
7. Janata Durbar
Yogi has made himself a people-friendly CM by allowing common men and women of the state to meet him at his residence in Lucknow. Scores of people from across the state come to Yogi’s ‘Janata Durbar’ regularly with their problems and Yogi personally give an ear to them.
Yogi government and the Centre have signed a deal to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the state. The ‘Power for All’ pact was signed last month. Yogi government has expanded the ambit of helpline ‘Dial 1911’ through which people in rural areas would be able to register their grievances regarding power and electricity soon.
As part of the deal, Centre’s Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will install 10,000 energy efficiency solar-panel pumps to be distributed. The government would also distribute energy efficiency bulbs, tubelights and fans at cheaper rates.
इस अवसर पर एस0एन0 मेडिकल कॉलेज के ट्रॉमा सेण्टर में मरीजों का कुशलक्षेम पूछा तथा एक मरीज को देखा । pic.twitter.com/zt0TYS3pdL
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 8, 2017
On April 11, Adityanath had ordered 18-hour power supply in villages and 20-hour at tehsil level and in Bundelkhand. The ‘Power for All’ pact is expected to help in meeting the Centre’s target of making the state energy efficient by 2018 and help ensure power in all UP villages before 2019.
9. New industrial policy
Yogi government is preparing a new industrial policy which would be unveiled by the end of this month. The policy would aim to attract investment and bring Uttar Pradesh on par with top industrial states. Yogi government is planning to set up an industrial development board under the CM’office. It will be a one-stop solution to all the industry-related issue and governed on the principles of a single-window system to facilitate clearances within 30 days, instead of 120 days that had been mandated by the previous industrial policy.
आज लखनऊ में स्वच्छ भारत मिशन के अंतर्गत झाड़ू लगाकर सफाई अभियान की शुरुआत की। उत्तर प्रदेश में स्वच्छ भारत मिशन पूरी गंभीरता से लागू होगा। pic.twitter.com/yF1DXaOJ8N
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) May 6, 2017
10. Education overhaul
Yogi government has announced several steps for reform in school education, including ban on holidays on the birthdays of great personalities, action against teachers, timely distribution of uniforms, study materials etc.
As part of the education overhaul, English would be taught to children from nursery level, while arrangement for teaching regional, as well as foreign, languages would be made at the high school level. The government is expected to announce a new education policy for the state soon.The government is also preparing a plan to modernise madrassas with facilities for teaching subjects like Mathematics, Science and other languages.