Saturday, March 17, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Vendetta? Akhilesh undoes Maya effect

Vendetta? Akhilesh undoes Maya effect
Published: Sunday, Mar 18, 2012, 10:15 IST | Updated: Sunday, Mar 18,
2012, 1:23 IST
By Deepak Gidwani | Place: Lucknow | Agency: DNA

Just two days old in the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's chair,
Akhilesh Yadav has started overturning his predecessor Mayawati's
decisions in a big way.

Among his first decisions, he has cut down the Dalit leader's
elaborate security. Over 400 police personnel posted for Mayawati's
security at her home and office have now been removed. She would now
get Z-plus security like any other former CM.

The number of cars in her cavalcade has been almost halved, and
security from her Delhi residence removed completely.
The government has, in fact, decided to review all the decisions taken
by the Mayawati regime over the past two months.

One of the Dalit icon's last decisions, taken on the day the results
came in, was to provide a driver and a peon to all retired chief
secretaries and cabinet secretaries.

The move was solely aimed to benefit Mayawati's Man Friday ex-cabinet
secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh. The decision has already been
challenged in court, but sources say it might be struck down even
before the petition is heard.

The new government is also expected to take a decision soon on the
Lokayukta's report recommending a CBI inquiry against Naseemuddin
Siddiqui, the senior-most minister in Mayawati's cabinet.

Earlier, Mayawati had returned the report challenging the Lokayukta's
authority to look into the matter, and summarily refusing to take any
action based on his report. Siddiqui faces serious charges related to
corruption and amassing disproportionate assets.

Interestingly, UP Lokayukta NK Mehrotra, who was to retire on March
15, has been given a two-year extension.

The Samajwadi Party government has passed orders to freeze all
recruitment exercises initiated by the previous government. All top
bureaucrats who ruled the roost during Mayawati's regime have been
stripped of their posts and kept in waiting.

All political appointments made for the posts of chairmen in various
boards, corporations and commissions have also been cancelled with
immediate effect.

The State Advisory Council, a powerful body constituted under BSP MP
and Mayawati's legal eagle Satish Chandra Mishra, has been dissolved
by the new government.

In a major shift, powers of the chief secretary have been restored
completely. In the previous regime, the chief secretary was
overshadowed by the cabinet secretary, a post which has now been done
away with. Akhilesh has also promised to establish an enquiry
commission to get all charges of corruption against the previous
government investigated.


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