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I may be a first-time CM, but even I know when to cut the ribbon, says Akhilesh Yadav

With state Assembly polls round the corner, Akhilesh Yadav said that his government would be remembered as an “open, democratic and a liberal” one.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
December 17, 2016 1:12:57 am
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Admitting that he has been inaugurating projects which are not fully complete, Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that even though this was his first time as chief minister, he “knows when to cut the ribbon”.

Speaking on the occasion of ‘IAS Service Week’ on Friday, he told his audience of bureaucrats that once the election notification is out (and the model code of conduct comes into force), no officer would approach him to inaugurate projects, and that this was also a way to ensure that the projects are completed within the next three months.

With state Assembly polls round the corner, the chief minister said that his government would be remembered as an “open, democratic and a liberal” one.

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Targeting BSP Chief Mayawati, who had recently flayed him for inaugurating projects before completion, Akhilesh said, “Tum bhi kanoon jante ho. Hum to pehli baar CM bane hain. Tum to teen baar bane. Hum jante hain pheeta kab kaatna hai… Ab teen mahine yahi adhikari hain jo kaam karenge (You also know the law. I have become CM for the first time. You have held the post thrice. I know when to cut the ribbon. For the next three months, it is our officials who will be doing the work).”

Since it was the last ‘IAS Service Week’ of this regime, Akhilesh thanked the officers for speedy work on various projects. “Kuch bhi chhavi ho, kuch bhi kahein….jo adhikari mujhe result de dega woh mera khas hai (Whatever the image be, whatever they may say, the officer who gives me results is special to me),” he told the officers, reminding them how ‘IAS Service Week’ had taken place regularly during his rule (this is the second such event this year), while it hadn’t taken place at all during the previous regime.

Thanking officers for projects like the Lucknow Metro and Lucknow-Agra Expressway, he said that while there were some officers who got things done with just one message, there were others who endlessly wrote long notes on files.

While speaking about how his government’s infrastructure projects, the chief minister said, “Jitne din Sher Shah Suri ka naam rahega, uske peechhe Samajwadiyon ka bhi naam chalega. (Till the time the name of Sher Shah Suri is remembered, so will those of Samajwadis)” He also congratulated IAS officers of the 1984 batch and above for being conferred the new designation of ‘additional chief secretary’, as devised by the state government, following a long-pending demand.

Targeting the Centre on demonetisation, saying that sometimes “even intellectuals give wrong advice”, Akhilesh told the officers that even the Ahmedabad Metro project took 14 years to be completed.

The chief minister claimed that while 40 per cent of the land required for the Poorvanchal Expressway has been acquired, budgetary provisions would be made in the supplementary budget to acquire more land so that the project can keep on moving in the coming months.

Akhilesh also said he hoped that even the officers would want a second term for his government.

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