LUCKNOW: Making a fervent appeal to his cabinet colleagues to live up to people’s expectations by ensuring them ‘good governance’ on the promise of which the BJP got a huge mandate, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the newly-appointed ministers to finetune the system in their respective departments so that people’s grievances are addressed on priority. Adityanath made the appeal while speaking during an informal interaction with his ministers after allocation of portfolios here on late Wednesday.
Yogi dubbed many of the previous Akhilesh Yadav government’s decisions taken after the notification of State elections inappropriate and unethical. He said the Samajwadi Party government had released huge amounts under several heads during its tenure and all such issues should be reviewed and analysed.
“All the files related to amounts over `5 crore released under various heads should be forwarded to the Chief Minister’s office,” said the CM. He also laid stress on changing the work culture of local bodies, especially the municipal corporations.
Adityanath also issued instructions to close illegal slaughter houses and meat shops, which were operating without licence, immediately across the State. On legal slaughter houses, he said fulfilment of the conditions of licence should be ensured. “If the licence holder is found flouting the norms, his slaughter house will be immediately closed,” he reiterated. He also gave directions to ensure that meat shops were located at an appropriate distance from the religious places. He expressed concern over meat being sold in the open, calling it a threat to health.
Meanwhile, three shops selling meat and fish in the town of Hathras were set afire by unidentified persons. The incident caused tension in the area.
Police said the incident took place in Manyawar Kanshiram Colony on Tuesday night. The shop owners said all their stock was charred in the fire.
In a related development, following Adityanath’s directive, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) sealed nine meat shops in the state capital. According to the LMC, there are approximately 200-250 meat shops that are operating illegally in the city.