New Delhi: Yogi Adityanath is hogging the limelight ever since he took charge as the 21st chief minister of India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh. From banning slaughterhouses to no VIP culture, the hardliner Hindutva icon has taken many decisions, which aimed at making the state ‘Uttam’ Pradesh, as promised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto. Without a single cabinet meeting, CM Yogi Adityanath has taken approximately 50 decisions in 8 days (168 hours).

Here is the list of some of the decisions taken by the Hindu priest turned chief minister within 150 hours of his government formation:

  • Pothole-free roads: In a review meeting of the Public Works Department, the chief minister listed some developmental steps, like a direction to the authorities to make all the roads in the state “pot hole free” by June 15. He asked officials to complete government work and projects in stipulated timeframe.
  • Financial grant for Kailash Mansarovar yatra: A couple of days ago, chief minister Yogi announced doubling of the financial grant given to pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovarfrom Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.
  • No unnecessary use of mobile phones in school premises: The UP government has asked school teachers to avoid unnecessary use of mobile phones during school hours.
  • Slaughterhouses sealed: UP CM Yogi Adityanath has strictly ordered the closure of ‘illegal’ slaughter houses in the state. After March 19, many slaughterhouses were sealed by the authorities in Allahabad and Lucknow.The BJP had announced, in its manifesto titled “Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra” that after coming to power it will take “stern steps for closing down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanised slaughterhouses”.
  • Anit-Romeo squad: To ensure women safety, the ‘anti-Romeo’ squads of five police personnel are being formed in every district of the Uttar Pradesh. Police teams are instructed to hit public parks, outside colleges and other public spaces to keep an eye on eve-teasing and other crime.  The idea of “anti-Romeo” squads was first implemented in Gujarat in the late 1990s when BJP was in power but the campaign later fizzled out in a short span of time.
  • No jeans, t-shirts in state-run schools: The newly appointed Uttar Pradesh chief minister does not want teachers to wear jeans and t-shirts in government-run schools. While talking to the leading daily Hindustan Times, District inspector of schools (DIoS) Umesh Tripathi had said that teachers should wear clothes suiting the dignity of the profession.“Teachers should avoid such clothes which compromise the dignity of the profession,” Tripathi had said.
  • No pan masala/chewing gum: The Uttar Pradesh government has asked school teachers as well as government officials not to eat pan masala, chewing gum, tobacco products, cigarettes while
    on duty. If there is any spot of pan masala etc. on walls, it should be cleaned immediately.
  • No betel shops near school: The school administration needs to make sure that there are no betel shops near the school and if there is any, get it shut as soon as possible.
  • An hour prayer meeting: At least an hour’s prayer must be held in schools every day and if any case of misbehaviour with girls come up then it would be dealt with immediately.
  • No red beacons: To eradicate VVIP culture, Yogi Adityanath had issued orders that no minister in Uttar Pradesh government would don red beacon lights on their official cars. The decision was taken at the first cabinet meet of the new government in Lucknow.
  • Asset details in a fortnight: CM Yogi has asked all his ministers to provide details of their income, moveable and immoveable assets within a fortnight (15 days).
  • Avoid brash talks: Yogi Adityanath who is known for making controversial statements against minorities addressed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and strictly advised them not to make any insensitive or thoughtless comments.
  • Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas:  Yogi Adityanath vowed to pursue the agenda of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’. “We would ensure development for all, without any sort of discrimination on lines of caste, creed or religion, ” Yogi Adityanath told media persons in his first PC.
  • A complete ban of cow smuggling: Newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on ordered police officials to enforce a complete ban on cow smuggling in the state.
  • Law and order: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed DGP Javeed Ahmed to ensure that there was no laxity in improving law and order situation. As per the reports of news agency PTI, the UP DGP has been asked to hold a 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, said the official sources.
  • Swachchta Shapath: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the senior bureaucrats in the government to take a pledge of cleanliness termed as Swachchta Shapath, to implement the Swach Bharat Abhiyan effectively across the state. The pledge ensures that IAS officers would give a minimum of 100 hours every year to the cause of cleanliness in the state.
  • Avoid plastic: CM Yogi Adityanath had also asked the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use of plastic across the state.
  • Sankalp Patra: During a meeting at Lok Bhawan, the five-time Gorakhpur MP asked officials to read the BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto) properly and implement it soon. He has asked them to submit their proposals for the successful implementation of the various programmes.
  • CCTV Camera in offices: In a bid to get rid of corruption, chief minister Yogi Adityanath called for installing CCTV cameras at public offices.
  • Akhilesh appointees sacked: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath sacked the services of advisers, vice-chairmen and chairmen appointed by the previous government Samajwadi Party.  The posts were allegedly offered to the relatives and political favourites.
  • Biometric facility:  CM Yogi directed senior officials to install biometric attendance systems at offices to ensure timely attendance by officers and employees at government offices.
  • 25 acre land for Ram Museum: two days after taking over as CM, Yogi Adityanath cleared 25-acre land in Ayodhya to make way for a Ramayana Museum.
  • Acid attack: The CM asked cops to take strict action in case of acid attacks.
  • More female cops in the state:  There must be more female cops in the state and they must get better facilities.
  • Criminal background contractors to be sacked: Yogi directed officials to replace contractors of criminal background and induct those who have a clean record.
  • Clear files in office hours: Yogi advised ministers and directed officials not to take files home and rather clear them during office hours.
  • Drinking water facility: The chief minister directed the police to ensure proper drinking water facility at every police station.
  • Non-stop electricity:  Power cut should be avoided during festivals like Navaratri, Ram Navmi. The yogi govt also ordered to provide facilities to devotees at Shaktipeetha during the nine-day festival.
  • Report on the revival of closed sugar mills in a fortnight: As per the reports of The Indian Express, CM Yogi Adityanath directed the state Cane Commissioner to present a report within 15 days of revival of closed sugar mills and possibilities of establishing new sugar mills in the state.
  • Electricity in every village of Uttar Pradesh: CM Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to make plans for electricity to be made available in each and every village.
  • Zero tolerance towards crime: Hours after taking charge as CM, Yogi had directed the state police to adopt a zero tolerance towards crime. He asked them to take immediate steps towards improving the deteriorated law and order in the state. On March 20, Yogi had also met DGP Javeed Ahmed and asked him to present a blueprint to tackle crime in the state.
  • Work for 18 to 20 hours: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the bureaucrats to either work for 18 to 20 hours daily or leave their jobs.