With law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh apparently weighing heavily on his mind, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today warned that laxity on the part of officials on this front would be taken seriously.
Noting that good law and order was most essential for development, he said this was the prime responsibility of district magistrates and superintendents of police.
“In order to ensure development, it is essential that peace and order is maintained and the state has strong law and order...this is the prime responsibility of district magistrates and superintendents of police,” he said.
The Chief Minister was addressing senior officers on the occasion of IAS week.
Asking officers to work fearlessly in this direction, he warned that any laxity on their part would be taken seriously.
He said if any anti-social element tries to disturb peace and order and harm communal atmosphere of the state, officials posted in districts should take effective action to immediately control the situation and also inform the government about it.
Describing district magistrates as most important part of the administration, Yadav said over 90 per cent problems of people related to district headquarters, tehsils, blocks or thanas. Therefore, officials should remain present in their offices between 1000 hrs to 1200 hrs to listen to their problems and try to resolve them.
He said the image of Uttar Pradesh was improving and investors were coming to the state.
Yadav also expressed hope that officials will come forward and give good results in implementation of welfare and development schemes of the state government.
The Chief Minister is understood to have expressed serious concern over corruption and asked officials to check it.
He is said to have shown a video clipping in the meeting of an official taking bribe and warned that in the age of information technology nothing was hidden and everything was in public knowledge.
To drive home the message that erring officials would not be spared, Yadav said action has been taken against the official concerned.