Within three days of taking oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath appears to have started taking actions promised in the BJP election manifesto and set the entire administrative machinery of the state into motion. Some of the moves, however, has the potential of being misused. While delivering his farewell speech in the Parliament on Tuesday, Yogi had announced a number of things would be banned in Uttar Pradesh. With the speed at which, UP cops and general administration have sprung into action, one may think that the present activism would fizzle out slowly. However, it cannot be said with certainty that Yogi would let the officials rest.
Yogi faces a huge challenge of addressing a plethora of issues. Some of the prominent ones among them are related to law and order, while many are related cultural conflicts. Yogi also risks letting loose aggressive Hindutva groups who may harass common people for their goals. One such incident happened in Hathras today when a group of attackers torched three meat houses. Yogi needs to control such groups on a priority basis.
Here we take a look at some of the things that have already been banned, some of them unofficially since Yogi took the oath of office:
Achche din for cows
Yogi has ordered a blanket ban on smuggling of cows and their killing
Officials can’t chew guthka, pan masala in office
Yogi has asked all government officials not to chew pan, pan masala or guthka during office hours.
‘Romeos’ not allowed
The Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday issued orders to constitute “anti-Romeo squad” in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone to prevent eve-teasing. Soon after the order, cops were seen in action in parks and other places taking on couples. Cops are also raiding hotels with a “bad reputation.”
In Meerut, cops have launched ‘Operation Romeo’ to prevent incidents of sexual harassment across the district. These squads will carry out the ‘Operation Romeo’ outside colleges and they will be monitored by the city SP.
सरकारी कर्मचारी स्वस्थ एवं स्वच्छ वातावरण में कार्य करें- मा० मुख्यमंत्री श्री आदित्यनाथ योगी pic.twitter.com/Mw0aGb4hX8
— CM Office, GoUP (@CMOfficeUP) March 22, 2017
Drinking in the open, public spaces not allowed
Drinking in open, public places can be dangerous. On Tuesday night, Lucknow police targetted people drinking on roadsides in the city.
Illegal slaughterhouses must close shops
Yogi has ordered officials to work on a plan to ban all slaughterhouses in the state. Some slaughterhouses running illegally have already been shut down in places like Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra and Ghaziabad in the last two days.
— BJP Uttar Pradesh (@BJP4UP) March 21, 2017
No non-government officials in public bodies
Yogi Adityanath has relieved all non-government advisors, chairmen, deputy chairmen and members in corporations, committees and departments from their duties.
All officials can’t hide their assets, income details.
In his first meeting with senior officials of the state, Yogi had directed all officials of the state to submit their income/asset details within 15 days