Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Despite family feud, CM gives more time to governance

- Umesh Raghuvansh­i uraghuvans­hi@hindustant­imes.com

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav appears to have gone into an overdrive to ensure quick disposal of issues concerning governance even as senior Samajwadi Party leaders, including party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, assembled here to find a solution to the family imbroglio.

Keeping in mind the upcoming assembly polls, Akhilesh has devoted more time to governance than political issues since Monday when developmen­ts in the Yadav family began unfolding indicating towards a family feud.

On Wednesday morning when Shivpal was leaving Saifai (Etawah) for New Delhi to meet elder brother Mulayam, the chief minister was meeting a delegation of computer instructor­s at his residence here.

His assurance to them resulted in ending of their weeks’ long dharna. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to family members of a woman computer instructor who had died due to illness during the dharna.

A few hours later Akhilesh announced implementa­tion of the ‘Samajwadi Kisan Evam Sarvhit Bima Yojana’ across the state to provide insurance cover to farmers in 18 to 70 years age group and having a family income of less than `75,000 per annum.

He made the announceme­nt in the presence of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has been appointed brand ambassador to popularise the scheme.

Yadav also decided to expand the ‘Samajwadi Pension Scheme’ and asked senior officers to identify poor families in urban and rural areas that had been deprived of benefits of the scheme.

Sometime later Yadav ordered transfer of 23 IAS officers, 117 sub-divisional magistrate­s and 13 PCS officers.

On Thursday he gave posting to ousted chief secretary Deepak Singhal making him chairman of the state vigilance commission.

An official spokesman said Akhilesh is carrying out government business as usual. “Chief minister is also holding meetings with his officers and close confidants and no major files are pending for approval,” said the spokesman.

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