Yogi Adityanath bans pan masala, tobacco in govt buildings: 10 developments

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on March 22 asked the state government officials not to chew pan, pan masala and gutka during duty hours.
The use of tobacco and pan products have been banned in hospitals, schools and colleges too.
“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,” 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 plastic, Maurya told reporters.
In keeping with the BJP’s manifesto, Adityanath directed police officials to prepare an action plan for closure of slaughter houses across the state.
However, official sources did not specify the type of slaughter houses which will be shut.
The chief minister also asked officials to stop smuggling of cows and said zero tolerance would be exercised in this regard.
The BJP manifesto had said that all the illegal slaughter houses would be closed and there would be a blanket ban on all the mechanized slaughter houses.
The BJP document had observed that due to cow smuggling, dairy-based industries have failed to flourish. It noted that during the past state governments there has been a fall in cattle count, reflecting that bovine smuggling was rampant.
BJP chief Amit Shah in his election meetings had emphasized that the moment his party comes to power in the state, it would ban all slaughter houses. In his orders issued on March 22, Adityanath also directed the police to act tough against anti-social elements.
He warned that those using police security as “status symbol” would come under the scanner and after review of their threat perception their security might be changed.

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