“The State Government is committed to start work on Metro Rail projects in Allahabad, Meerut, Agra, Gorakhpur and Jhansi cities within one year,” said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi while taking stock of the ongoing Lucknow Metro Rail project today. The Chief Minister directed the officials to expedite the work on Varanasi and Kanpur Metro projects and asked them to prepare DPRs for Metro Rail in these five cities.
The Chief Minister was today speaking at a review meeting of various departments with concerning Ministers and Principal Secretaries/Secretaries at Shastri Bhawan. Yogi has said that callous attitude at government departments should immediately be brought to end and replaced by a transparent and a graft free working system. Stressing the need to immediately change the maintenance of government offices so that people visiting these offices have a pleasant feeling.
He also asked officers/employees to be present at the offices during the time stipulated and that files and records are maintained properly. The Chief Minister also said that indexing of the files should be made in such a manner that timelines are fixed for their return and disposal. All departments have also been asked to prepare citizen charters and implement them at the earliest. Yogi also issued instructions to ensure implementation of the biometric system of attendance at all government offices and installation of CCTVs at all rooms so that the habit of signing attendance registers and then going missing thereafter could be checked.
He also asked officers to immediately cancel entrance passes for secretariat given to unnecessary and unwanted persons and to ensure the security of the secretariat on the lines of the Parliament so that middlemen and people with wrong intent cannot gain entry into the premises.
The Chief Minister also issued instructions to promptly and qualitatively address problems faced by the people and that the changed mind-set should reflect in the working of all departments. Yogi while discussing the PM Housing Scheme said that people have so far been deprived from the benefits of this scheme due to a non-cooperative attitude and stressed on an immediate change in mind-set with regards to the scheme.
He subsequently ordered that this work be handed over to the Housing department from the urban development department. In the same way, the Chief Minister called for adopting transparent style in completing the work on the incomplete Kanshiram Housing Scheme and to allot them to the people with no houses.
Deliberating on the central government scheme of providing low cost generic medicines to the poor and needy, the Chief Minister rued that so far only 150 shops have been opened in the State because of which people in the state are unable to get the benefits of this scheme. He directed the concerning department to immediately set rolling work to open at least 3000 shops.
The Chief Minister also expressed his displeasure at the poor state of affairs in the Medical and Health Department and said that attendance of doctors at government hospitals is not at all satisfactory, which was akin to crime against humanity. The State Government, he underlined, was committed to doing away with this rotten system and directed officers to ensure that the situation changes promptly.
Also present on the occasion were Ministers Swati Singh, Dr. Neelkanth Tiwari, Suresh Pasi, Girish Chandra Yadav, Atul Garg, Jai Pratap Nishad and Archana Pandey along with Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar and Principal Secretaries and secretaries attached to the departments held by the Chief Minister.