Uttar Pradesh, March 21: As part of a slew of measures aimed at improving the administrative efficiency of Uttar Pradesh and reduce corruption, newly inducted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday has asked key bureaucrats including the state’s chief secretary, principal secretaries and secretaries to declare their income and assets within 15 days. Further, he has asked that they take an oath of cleanliness called “Swachchta Shapath”.
The oath ensures that the IAS officers dedicate a minimum of 100 hours every year to the cause of cleanliness in the state. The move asking the officers to declare their assets is a bid to bring the concept of cleanliness to public offices that are largely seen as corrupt and mired in black money. The format in which the details of the bureaucrats’ of income, movable and immovable assets. are to be disclosed has been provided by the Chief Minister’s Office.
Part of the oath administered to the civil servants reads, “Main na gandagi karoonga, na kisi aur ko karne doonga. Sabse pehle main swayam se, mere parivar se, mere mohalle se, mere gaon se evam mere karyastahl se shuruat karunga (I will not dirty my surroundings nor will I let anyone else do it. I will start this with myself, my family, my neighbourhood, my village and my workplace).”
The Chief Minister, who has set out to fulfil the BJPs election manifesto on a war footing, handed out a copy of the party’s Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra to the civil servants and asked them to submit their proposals for the successful implementation of the various programmes. Further, they were also asked to elaborate on the status of the various schemes that are currently under implementation in the state.
Stressing on the role Mahatma Gandhi played on the development of a free, clean and developed nation, Adityanath is said to have conveyed that it was now time that everyone to do their bit for Bharat Mata by removing “gandagi (dirt)”.
Another key issue that bureaucrats have been asked to keep a close watch on, is the status of law and order in all parts of Uttar Pradesh. Following the instructions, Director General of Police Javed Ahmad along with Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda held a video conference with civil servants and the police force asking them to undertake strict action to maintain law and order.