Bureaucrats in UP face axe over unaccounted money

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3abc68cUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has gradually started grinding the wings of the state bureaucracy that has amassed huge amounts of unaccounted money and wealthy assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.Yogi, who assumed new role from preacher to ruler of the most populous state, asked his ministers, IAS, PCS and IPS officers to declare property and other financial assets in their or to bring transparency in the governance with utmost honesty, accountability and probity in public life.

In the biggest administrative reshuffle since it assumed power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government transferred 84 IAS and 54 IPS officers including district magistrates and police chiefs on 26th-27thApril, 2017.In the reshuffle 38 district magistrates and 40 district police chiefs were changed.Most of the replaced officers were appointed on these post by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government.The aim of the shake up is to tone up the key administration of district level with new dispensation and its programmes and policies.

Having impeccable integrity and determination Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wants to bring transparency and accountability in politics by ensuring same yardsticks for his fellow ministers. He has asked them to declare the details of their income and movable and immovable assets in the first introductory meeting as he told them that eliminating corruption is a priority for his government. He added that corruption and parivarwaad (nepotism) are reasons why the state has slipped over the last 15 years. The chief minister’s directive was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to eradicate corruption.

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Yogi is coming heavily on the bureaucracy as he wants them to be accountable to the people. He is against the misuse of public funds and dwindling of such fund on account of corruption and favoritism in awarding contracts of varies construction projects. He lamented how the funds meant for cleaning of river Gomti were misused and drains are polluting its water at the project site. He also questioned wasteful expenditure of purchases of boats and fountains spending crores of rupees of public money.

Reviewing the activities of culture department chief minister expressed surprise the way prestigious awards were given to many non-deserving and insignificant personalities just because they were working to assist the then ruling party or their trust affairs. He asked to review the entire list as such awardees who were also made eligible to receive Rs. 50,000 pension per month.

The chief minister also scraped about 60 lacs ration cards of BPL under public distribution system because it was carrying photograph of then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. There are about 80 lacs poor people who draw monthly ration on subsidised rates under BPL schemes. He also scraped “Samajwadi Smart Phone scheme” and undergoing construction of cycle track project in various districts of the state.

Adityanath has also directed state bureaucracy to furnish details of their immovable and movable assets and a circular in this regard has been issued by Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar fixing May 3, 2017 as its deadline. The secretariat staff has also been instructed to follow the suit.

Yogi is working round the clock to bring the administration on the tracks as it had been gone out of control of political bosses due to their nepotism and protection to corrupt officials as most of the vigilance cases and reports of Lok Ayukta were getting dust for want of prosecution sanctions as mandatorily required to begin trial.

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