PWD, prisons and previous government focus of Yogi Adityanath
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.