With panchayat elections likely to be held at the end of the year, the district administrations and police were on Monday put on alert regarding cases of land disputes and communal clashes in western and eastern UP.
Instructions in this regard were issued to commissioners, district magistrates (DMs), IGs and SPs in a law and order review meeting headed by Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan in Lucknow. Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda and DGP A K Jain also attended the meeting.
Sources said that during the meeting, officials were told that in the recent times, several land disputes had taken the shape of incidents like murder and clash. The DMs and SPs were told to take special interest in resolving such issues. The officials were asked to immediately resolve issues between two communities or two groups on a priority basis.
“We were told that panchayat elections are expected in September or October, which will be extremely challenging from the point of view of law and order. Thus, we have been asked to prepare an action plan identifying sensitive areas, conduct raids for spurious liquor and illicit firearms,” said a senior official, who attended the meeting.
Ranjan also asked officials to focus on the government’s high priority projects like the Lohia Gram Yojana, Kam Dhenu Yojana and Jal Bachao Yojana among others and to take steps to reduce electricity line losses. He added officers that soon, each police station in the state will be provided two vehicles so that police can reach the crime scene without delay.
The chief secretary also asked DMs to implement the new government order, as per which, each district has to convert at least two primary schools to English medium schools.
During the review meeting , Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav summoned the DMs of six districts — Varanasi, Allahabad, Behraich, Kaushambi, Chitrakoot and Mahoba — in two groups at his official residence. Sources said the DMs were questioned about the slow pace of some government schemes.