Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath holds his second cabinet meeting today (File)
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will head his second cabinet meeting this morning. The agenda, tweeted senior minister Sidharth Nath Singh, is "to serve the common man."
There was buzz that the next cabinet meeting could be held in Allahabad in an effort to take governance to the doorstep of people and assess local issues closely, but the offsite meeting plan is not being implemented now. Today's meeting, like the first last week, is being held in UP capital Lucknow's Lok Bhawan.
Yogi Adityanath, 44, a saffron-robed monk, had held his first cabinet meeting a full fortnight after he was sworn in on March 19, not calling a meeting of his new ministers immediately after the oath as most chief ministers do. He delayed the meeting to be able to announce a waiver of loans for UP's small and marginal farmers as promised by his party the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in campaign speeches that a farm loan waiver would be announced in the first cabinet meeting if the BJP came to power, and Yogi Adityanath did that at the meeting last week, announcing a write-off of loans worth more than 36,000 crore.
He has also lost no time in making announcements on other election promises of the BJP like the closing of illegal slaughterhouses and setting up anti-Romeo squads to target men who harass women.
The Chief Minister, who is yet to finish a month in office, has kept the administration on its toes making it clear that he expects 18 to 20 hour workdays. Those who cannot keep pace are "free to leave," he has said soon after taking over.
He has since then been on a spree of reviewing departments to ensure they are working effectively. The Chief Minister reviews four to six departments everyday, beginning meetings at about 6 pm and working past midnight on many days. The idea, say officials, is to hold these meetings after the regular work day is over.