Sunday, 9 April 2017

Rain harvesting is good for boosting agriculture and water resources both: CM Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath pitches for rain harvesting

 | Lucknow, Apr 10, 2017

The clearance for construction of a house in Uttar Pradesh will be given only if there is a provision of rainwater harvesting facility in the map.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath+ , while going through the presentations of the Urban Development Department which went on till late last night, directed officials that provisions should be made that a map of a house is passed only if it has the rainwater harvesting facility mentioned.

Expressing concerns over the depleting groundwater level, he suggested rainwater harvesting as a remedial measure.

The chief minister+ said that the intention of his government is to ensure that people of the state do not face shortage of drinking water.

He directed the UP jal nigam officials to ensure that the benefits of various government schemes reach to the doorsteps of the needy. The CM, during the meeting, instructed the officials to ensure that drinking water is available at all places, and if needed, then the handpumps may be bored again.

Courtesy: TOI.

Not singing Vande Mataram is serious issue : Yogi Adityanath.

Not singing Vande Mataram is serious issue, it only highlights one's prejudiced mind: Yogi Adityanath

Zee Media Bureau | Lucknow, April 10, 2017

UP CM Yogi Adityanath breaking his silence for the first time on singing of 
Vande Matram issue said that people are extending this issue for no reason.

Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that not singing the National Song is a 
serious issue, adding that by doing so it only highlighted one's prejudice.

Adityanath breaking his silence for the first time on this issue said that 
people are extending this issue for no reason.

"We want to see development in this country, but our issue of conflict is 
over  not singing the National Anthem and National song. Not singing 
Vande  Mataram shows a prejudiced mind. This is a matter of concern," 
Aditynath said at the book unveiling function of 'Governor's guide' here.

The chief minister's comments come after a controversy has erupted 
over singing Vande Mataram in Varanasi and Meerut Municipal 
Courtesy: Zee News.

Nothing wrong in Hindu Rashtra concept: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath says nothing wrong with Hindu Rashtra concept, BJP defends him.

HT Media | Lucknow | April  6, 2017:: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath endorsed the Hindu Rashtra theory on Thursday, saying there’s nothing wrong with such a move if that serves the interests of the people and country.
Right-wing groups led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have been pitching to make India a Hindu nation, a hugely debatable topic in a constitutionally secular country of 1.2 billion people of different faiths.
“Hindu Rashtra ki awadharna kahin galat nahi hai … desh ki full bench ki Supreme Court ne iss par apna aadesh jaari kiya hai yeh. Hindutva koi mat, koi majhab ya upasana vidhi nahi hai. Balki it’s a way of life (There is nothing wrong in the Hindu Rashtra concept. The Supreme Court has defined Hinduism as a way of life.),” monk-politician Adityanath said in an interview to Doordarshan.
[In a free-wheeling and frank chat with DD News’ Ritu Verma, Adityanath spoke on a range of issues related to his nearly 60 snappy decisions related to BJP election manifesto encompassing loan-waiver for farmers, illegal slaughter  ban, security for girls and women and development of UP; within a span of 18 days since he assumed office. -Ed. HE].
He said no one should have a problem in accepting a Hindu nation if such a move helped people live a better life and brought joy to them.
The BJP defended Yogi’s remarks saying that the chief minister had not said anything wrong.
“For far too long we have been pseudo-seculars who frowned upon anything that is Hindu. What’s wrong in the CM’s statement? He said that he would follow the path of peace and progress. Hinduism has always stood for peace,” state BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
Adityanath, a five-term parliamentarian and head priest of Gorakhnath mutt in Gorakhpur, was appointed chief minister last month after the BJP won an unprecedented 325 seats with its allies in the February-March assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“Main kisi ke mooh par tape nahi laga sakta … mujhe jo karna hai pradesh ke hit main kaam karna hai (I can’t shut people up. I will continue to work for the people.),” he said, responding to a query on negative reports in international media about his image of being a champion of Hindutva.
“My guide is the Modi government at the Centre. It’s my inspiration. I will follow that.”
His Hindu Rashtra line underscores the views of the RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor.
The Sangh, however, explains that its Hindu nation theory has more to do with the country’s name Hindustan — a far-reaching social movement, rather than a restricted religious concept.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Meat ban, anti-Romeo squads not targeted at a community: CM Yogi

Those who abide by the law have no reason to worry: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.

 | Lucknow |  Apr 7, 2017

 Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has dismissed criticism that the decisions to crack down on illegal slaughterhouses and set up anti-Romeo squads were targeted at a community, but asserted that he would not flinch from enforcing the law.

"Those who abide by the law have no reason to worry. But those who don't believe in the rule of law ought to be worried," the CM said in a conversation with TOI at his official residence.

He also said anti-Romeo squads were meant to save girl students from harassment which forced them to discontinue studies. The chief minister said he has taken measures to ensure that consenting adults are not harassed. "People are committing no crime if they are sitting in a park or are moving together," he said. But he justified the concept of the squads. "Let us not take our eyes off the harassment that girls of all communities have to endure," he added.

The CM also outlined his plans for education and said English would be taught at the nursery stage itself instead of from Class VI, as was the case so far. When told that this was, given his image as a Hindutva hardliner, counter-intuitive, the CM smiled and said, "I believe tradition and modernity should blend."

A confident Yogi said his government would never take decisions based on considerations of community, but stressed his determination to ensure that promises made in BJP's UP manifesto are implemented.

"I told this to a delegation which had come to protest against the measures taken against illegal slaughterhouses. They agreed with me that we have not framed any regulation and that what has been done was only meant to ensure the enforcement of what was already the law, guidelines issued by the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court's order. I asked them to point out a single thing that we have introduced and they could not," the CM said.

Read details here

Courtesy: TOI.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

As per law, Action against illegal abattoirs: CM Adityanath.

Action against illegal abattoirs as per law, says Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.

 | New Delhi,  Apr 4, 2017

A defiant Uttar Pradesh CM Aditya Nath Yogi rejected criticism of his government's decision to shut down illegal slaughter houses+ and regulate meat trade, and said he was merely trying to enforce the law and there was no prejudice involved.

"I am doing nothing on my own. The National Green Tribunal in 2015 and the Supreme Court in 2017 have given many adverse observations on illegal butcher houses in the state and gave certain directions to the state. We have just followed those instructions. You cannot call illegal as legal," Yogi told RSS weekly 'Organiser'.

He asserted that clear instructions were issued not to disturb those who had licences and were following norms. "No legal operator will be harassed, I can promise you that. Moreover, nobody can be allowed to play with the health of people of the state," Yogi said in his first interview to any publication after he took over UP's reins.

Courtesy: TOI.

Monday, 3 April 2017

PWD, Prisons and Previous govt: Prime focus of Yogi Adityanath.

PWD, prisons and previous government focus of Yogi Adityanath

 | New Delhi,  Apr 3, 2017
The two-week old Yogi Adityanath government has lost no time in getting down to the brass tacks by initiating a crackdown of the three infamous departments of Uttar Pradesh –– the Public Works Department (PWD), Prisons Department and the big-ticket projects of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

All contracts in the corruption-prone PWD, even those below Rs 1 crore in value, will be executed through e-tenders and party MLAs have been prohibited from running any contracting side-business. Deputy chief minister Keshav Maurya is handling the PWD department which was earlier held by Shivpal Yadav.

The chief minister has also ordered a judicial probe into Yadav’s show-piece –– the Gomti river front project –– which is expected to bring the heat upon the previous dispensation. Yogi is said to be furious on learning that Rs 50 crore had been spent on installing fountains in the Gomti river while no effort had been made to clean the river and stop sewage flow into it.

Want to be a member of Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini? Get ready for background checks.

Yogi’s Hindu Yuva Vahini sets tough norms for new membership.

Aman Sharma | ET Bureau | New Delhi | Apr 3, 2017:: The Hindu Yuva Vahini, the organisation established by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, will be closely vetting new applications for membership in order to safeguard its reputation.
Apart from having to submit Aadhaar and voter ID details, applicants will go through a detailed background check that may take about six months.
There’s been a rush of people looking to enrol, given the group’s proximity to the new chief minister. “Be very careful before inducting any new members into the organisation,” says a note posted on the Hindu Yuva Vahini website. “Lots of people could be trying to join Hindu Yuva Vahini as part of a plot to defame the organisation.” Adityanath, who founded the group in 2002, is its Mukhya Sanrakshak or chief patron.
“There is renewed interest in Hindu Yuva Vahini amongst people in UP and other states,” said Raghvendra Pratap Singh, state chief of the Hindu Yuva Vahini. “But we are alive to the fact that many people want to join us just to spoil our image. We do not want any mafia or criminal elements to join us. Hence, we will subject people to complete background checks.”
Singh, also MLA from Domariyaganj, is a close aide of the chief minister. All applications for membership have to be made online with personal information along with scanned copies of Aadhaar and voter ID cards. Membership will be granted after “detailed background checks and looking at the activities of the member for six months,” said Singh.
Previously, those looking to join could pay Rs 101 or Rs 11 to become permanent or active members, respectively, at the outfit’s district, block or panchayat level office.
Toward that end, even if a person is inducted into the Hindu Yuva Vahini after clearing checks, he will be closely monitored for another six months before being considered for any post, Singh said.
“Hindu Yuva Vahini has a constitution, as per which membership can be cancelled if one is convicted in any cognisable offence by a court,” he said. The outfit aims to re-establish Hindu religion and culture, seek a complete ban on cow slaughter and re-conversion to the Hindu faith by consensus.