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Uttar Pradesh home department gets cracking on law and order promises

The UP home department asks districts to give info on migration of people due to communal stir, pending probes in old graft cases.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Aug 19, 2017, 11.10 AM IST
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BJP manifesto had promised aspecial task force to speed up probe into all graft cases in UP in past 15 years when SP & BSP were in power.
BJP manifesto had promised aspecial task force to speed up probe into all graft cases in UP in past 15 years when SP & BSP were in power.
NEW DELHI: Acting on the key promises made by the BJP in its manifesto, the Uttar Pradesh home department has written to all districts in the state to furnish reports on the extent of migration of people due to communal tensions as well as compile a list of all pending corruption probes over the past 15 years when the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party ruled the state.

The Yogi Adityanath government has identified 21 such promises made by the BJP regarding law and order for action. One of the most controversial promises was that a special department would be set up in each district, especially in western Uttar Pradesh, to check migration by a community. This was after reports of Hindu migration from Kairana and other western UP districts were highlighted by the BJP during the polls.

The state home department has now written to each district to furnish information in this regard “in order to assess the extent and seriousness of the problem to determine the commensurate action required”, as per minutes of a recent meeting chaired by the state home secretary Arvind Kumar.

DGP’s office and a police cell looking at communal disturbances will oversee the exercise. It was proposed at the meeting that once the information is received and need of special cells in districts is felt, a proposal be put before the state cabinet.

The BJP manifesto had also promised a special task force to conduct an expeditious probe into all corruption cases in UP in the past 15 years when SP and BSP were in power. The state home department has decided that an STF be created of top officers of existing anti-corruption agencies and organisations in the state and a list be prepared of all long-pending corruption probes.

UP has also decided to appoint chief vigilance officers in all government departments to check corruption – it was pointed out at the recent meeting that while such orders were issued earlier in the previous dispensation, they were never followed.

Regarding the promise to set up 100 fast-track courts for crimes against women, the government has decided to first analyse the number of heinous crimes pending in various courts in districts and open fast-track courts first in the 20 worst-affected districts.

The government has already acted on BJP’s promise of setting up an anti-land grab force which is said to have freed 1.5 lakh complaints in this regard so far from across the state. The UP chief secretary has now decided to take this one step further and an online portal has been activated on which any person who is a victim of land grab can lodge an e-complaint whose disposal will be monitored at the highest levels, including the chief minister’s office. All complaints of land grab received in the state by the police or by district administration officials will also have to be compulsorily uploaded on the portal, the chief secretary said in orders issued two days ago.
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