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Angry over stains, Adityanath bans paan masala, tobacco in govt offices

Published Mar 22, 2017, 3:32 pm IST
Updated Mar 22, 2017, 7:42 pm IST
Adityanath has also directed all police officials to prepare an action plan to shut slaughterhouses.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath leaves after a meeting in Lucknow. (Photo: PTI)
 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath leaves after a meeting in Lucknow. (Photo: PTI)

Lucknow: Livid at the sight of betel juice stained walls of the building that houses his office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today banned the use of pan and tobacco products in schools, colleges, hospitals and other government buildings.

On his first visit to the secretariat annexe building here, the chief minister gave a piece of his mind to officials there asking them to stop chewing pan and pan masala when on duty.


He was visibly put off when he saw betel-juice stained walls of the building which is known as Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan and houses the chief minister's office and his secretariat, offices of the state chief secretary, principal secretary (home) and other senior IAS officers.

A few hours later, the chief minister directed officials to enforce a ban on the use of pan and tobacco in schools, colleges, government hospitals and hospitals. He also prohibited the use of plastic in government offices.

"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 pan or pan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness," Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who accompanied Yogi, said.


Adityanath also asked the the staff to make the atmosphere in the building healthy and clean by avoiding the use of plastic, Maurya told reporters.

A stickler for cleanliness, the saffron-robed 44-year-old chief minister had administered a sanitation pledge to officials a day after he took over as the UP CM and asked them to ensure that the pledge is effectively implemented on the lines of Swachh Bharat Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The officers were made to repeat after him a "swachhata" pledge - "I will not litter, nor allow anybody to do it. I will devote 100 hours every year, to make the pledge of cleanliness come true and I will propagate the message of Swachch Bharat Mission in every nook and corner of the country."


Sending a strong message that he would brook no delay in the clearance of files, Adityanath directed officials to ensure quick disposal.

The newly elected chief minister told officials that he would personally monitor the movement of files directly. "The CM has directed officers to dispose of files quickly and said that the movement of files will be monitored directly (by him)," a senior officer said.

Adityanath, who is the head priest of Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, is known to take a round of the Mutt and temple premises, inspecting the cleanliness of the place after practising Yoga between 4 to 5 AM every day.