- Yogi Adityanath took oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday
- Asks police for plan to curb crime, calls for transparency in governance
- Also discussed huge loan waiver for farmers, ban on slaughterhouses
In an hour-long meeting with officials, Yogi Adityanath discussed massive loan write-offs for lakhs of farmers and action against slaughterhouses. He also ordered work on other manifesto promises.
The Chief Minister will "work out schemes and appointments in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office", said sources. The Principal Secretary to PM Modi will coordinate between the centre and Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP has scored its biggest win yet.
Confirming that the new government is working on a promise to shut down slaughterhouses, Deputy Chief Minister KP Maurya said a decision would be taken "soon", in the first meeting of the cabinet. There appears to be some ambiguity, however, on whether action will also be taken against licensed slaughterhouses.
Two slaughterhouses that shut down last night in Allahabad were running without permission, say officials. Yogi Adityanath has always been vocal about shutting down slaughterhouses but meat traders say such a move will hit revenue as well as jobs.
The 44-year-old Chief Minister reportedly directed officials to declare their assets, be transparent in recruitments and not work under political pressure.
He also administered a pledge of cleanliness and asked officials to enlist at least 100 more for the cause. The Chief Minister, say sources, advised officials to follow the example of foreign countries.
In his meeting with the Uttar Pradesh police chief this morning, the Chief Minister reportedly expressed concern over the killing of a BSP leader in Allahabad last night and ordered a blueprint for better policing in Uttar Pradesh within 15 days.
Ministers have been warned against speaking to the media except through Shrikant Sharma and Siddharth Nath Singh, who will be spokespersons for the UP government.
Yogi Adityanath, a five-time MP who heads the Gorakhnath temple, moved into the Chief Ministerial home at Lucknow's 5 Kalidas Marg in the afternoon. Seven priests from Gorakhpur performed housewarming rituals before the move.