“एक कदम स्वच्छता की ओर “(One step towards cleanliness). Just five days into assuming office as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, on Wednesday ordered banning of ‘paan’ (betel leaf) and ‘paan masala’, widely known as ‘gutkha’, in all government and buildings in Uttar Pradesh, said the deputy chief minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Yogi is committed to make Uttar Pradesh a clean and green city.
Yogi Adityanath’s latest order came just hours after he asked officials to crackdown on smuggling of cows and said zero tolerance would be exercised in this regard. Earlier in the day, the new CM directed the police officials to prepare an action plan for closure of other illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh and also control crime. Taking illegal slaughterhouses into account was a key poll promise made by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in its election campaign. In a rally addressed in Maharajganj, party vowed to shut illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh.
सरकारी कर्मचारी स्वस्थ एवं स्वच्छ वातावरण में कार्य करें- मा० मुख्यमंत्री श्री आदित्यनाथ योगी pic.twitter.com/Mw0aGb4hX8
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The directives came after the newly-elected Chief Minister saw betel-juice stained walls during his first visit to the UP secretariat annexe building in Lucknow. After taking a round of all the floors of Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan (secretariat’s annexe building) in the afternoon, the CM immediately asked accompanying Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to ban the use of paan, paan masala and gutkha, the explicit imprints of which can be found in all corners and nooks, on the office compounds.
Accompanied by one of his deputies, Keshav Maurya, Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, MoS (Ind charge) Anupama Jaiswal and junior minister Mohsin Raza, Yogi Adityanath also banned the use of polythene on the government office building premises and instructed officers to maintain the offices clean. Adityanath categorically told the officers that nobody should be allowed to chew paan or paan masala in any government office or government building. Many employees hailed the decision, praising the Chief Minister for taking a revolutionary step towards cleanliness.
Speaking to the media people, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was with Yogi Adityanath, said, “The chief minister visited all the floors of the annexe building and met officials posted there. After detecting betel stains on walls, he asked employees not to consume paan or paan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness.” Adityanath also asked the the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use plastic, Maurya told reporters.
CM advised against the use of pan masala, plastic and pan in government buildings and offices: UP Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya pic.twitter.com/ABq4hFyuTA
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Chewable tobacco like ‘Paan masala’, ‘gutkha’ and ‘zarda’ are some of the major causes of deaths and oral diseases in India and account for nearly 0.9 million deaths each year.
Yogi Adityanath, who is the head priest of Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, is known for daily cleanliness checks. Adityanath, a five-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, told the Lok Sabha on Tuesaday that he will curb anti-social elements in the country’s most populous state.
“We will work to make the state free of corruption, rowdyism and hooliganism. We will present a development model which will prevent distress migration of youths for jobs,” he said.
The newly elected Chief Minister of the country’s largest state, Adityanath on Wednesday said, “UP will be the state which our honourable Prime Minister has dreamt of, a corruption-free state, a state free of anarchy. It would be an incident free-state.” CM also added that his government will be for everyone, not specifically for any caste or community. “We will work for development of all sections and castes and create a new structure of progress.”