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CM Yogi on cleanliness mission; bans plastic, pan masala, gutka in govt offices

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Giving a major boost to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has issued instructions for complete and immediate ban on Paan, Gutkaa, Tobacco and Paan Masala in all government offices, hospitals and educational institutions and also directed officials to ensure that use of polythene was similarly banned in all these campuses.

Chief Minister Yogi inspected Shastri Bhawan (Annexe) today during his maiden visit to the premises after being sworn in. He inspected each and every floor, visited different sections and took a first hand stock of the cleanliness and working style there and issued necessary instructions to the officials present

Speaking about the order, UP Deputy Chief Minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya, said, “The CM has advised against the use of pan masala, plastic and tobacco in government establishments.”

He said, “CM inspected government offices and directed officials to maintain cleanliness of both the Annexe and State so that change is visible.”

It is to be noted out that Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi is committed to make Uttar Pradesh a clean and green city. Therefore, he had administered a cleanliness pledge to top officials on Monday from across the State and distributed copies of the BJP manifesto for required reading.

Yogi also gave directions to the Chief Secretary to ensure a proper system for upkeep, maintenance of the files and records within a week and to also ensure cleanliness in Shastri Bhawan premises within this stipulated timeline.

He also expressed hope that similar mechanism will be replicated in subordinate offices and said that in the Conference Room on the fifth floor, between 6 pm to 10 pm departmental presentations and departmental reviews will be conducted. The Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to fix a time table for this and added that for the purpose of review meetings, the Conference Hall at the ground floor will also be utilised.

Adityanath Yogi also said that the meeting room should be properly maintained and its upkeep be given a priority. During the inspection, the Chief Minister laid special emphasis on cleanliness and expressed desire that officials also encourage their subordinates to maintain cleanliness.

At present cleanliness week is being observed, the Chief Minister pointed out while cautioning officials that such things like cleanliness oath taken by officials not merely remain formalities but set an example for others to emulate.

He also made it clear that in future too, at his level, surprise inspections will be conducted to ensure the compliance of his directives. The Chief Minister also expressed displeasure at the dangling wires in the offices and called for an immediate rectification of the situation. He also made a threadbare scrutiny of wash basins and said that the RO Water machines should be run properly.

He also said that people who have money can buy mineral water bottles but what about the employees working here who cannot. It was hence necessary, he pointed out, that proper upkeep of these machines was kept as per standard. The Chief Minister also ordered verification of the fire fighting systems installed in the building.

During the inspection of various sections, the Chief Minister stressed on the need of proper upkeep and maintenance of the files and records and also expressed his displeasure at the gathering dust in the open. Under no circumstances, he said, should almirahs and furnitures be found in the corridors. In case they were of no use, he added, they should be auctioned as per rules and the money generated be deposited in the government treasury.

Yogi underlined that the people of the State had voted for change and hence it was imperative that positive change in attitude and working style is ushered in at government offices so that the state government comes true to the aspirations and expectations of the people. An organised and clean environment at offices will also lead to enhanced productivity, he said while also stressing on the need to work in team spirit.

In a stern tone, the Chief Minister said that previous work style and lax attitude towards work will not be tolerated and stringent action will be taken against those who are found wanting in discharge of their duties. During his inspection, the Chief Minister visited the ground floor units of the Information Department, Chief Secretary’s office, Home, Confidential, Industrial and Infrastructure Development, Appointment Department and their various sections along with the Fifth Floor ‘Pancham Tal’.

Also present on the occasion were Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal and other senior officers.

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