Yogi Adityanath continues to remain in the heart of the citizens of Uttar Pradesh for more than two and a half years. Being the 22nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he has managed to pull out some changes in the State as well as stirred some controversies too. Even though BJP has many controversies around it, Yogi Adityanath continues to be the main hat trick to bag the votes in UP. In these two years and nine months, he has worked on his schemes, actions plus his visions for Uttar Pradesh that has managed to bring out some visible changes in the State.
Where his promises before elections implemented? What were the schemes that he introduced in UP? Let’s get to know more about his governance.
Works of Yogi Adityanath as CM
The first action of Yogi Adityanath’s Government was the shutdown of the illegal slaughterhouse. A few days after taking in charge he ordered to shut down all illegal slaughterhouse and blanket ban on smuggling of cows. He aimed to shut down the entire unlawful slaughterhouse, but it activated the panic button in the meat business and led to an increase of unemployment in this field. This decision of his made many other states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and other few BJP led states to follow the trend. His second decision was to sweep off the dirt. He directed the officials to maintain the cleanliness of both annex and State to make the change visible. He banned the use of plastic products and pan masala in office premises. Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan inspired his decision.
His next mission was a step to ‘protect the honour of the women’ which did receive a polarised view from citizens. He directed state police to form ‘Anti-Romeo Squad‘ aimed to protect women from eve-teasing in the State. Where 7, 42,000 people were checked by this squad and 1,264 men were given legal warnings. Some of it was not taken well as few cases melded between siblings and couples.
Unfair means during the examination was taken entirely off. CCTV cameras were installed to monitor the examinations and cheating was not at all entertained. Due to this, more than five lakh students skipped exams. His government also focuses on modernising the examination process where the digital evaluation will be held to avoid errors. Another significant boost for the education sector was the establishment of 18 ‘Atal residential schools‘ named after former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He focuses on giving free education and encouraging sports too.
His next step was an environmentally friendly action. He directed his ministerial colleagues to avoid sirens and hooters as they add on to noise pollution. However, he allowed the use of red beacons.
During elections, he had promised to transform the land into a field of gold; the results show that he has managed to fulfil this promise to an extent. In the last two and a half years, he waived a loan of Rs 36,000 core to 86 lakh small and marginal farmers. The farm production also reached a record high. Ten lakh farmers were trained in schools and were given awareness of new technologies. He assured the right price for the produce, and the production of Wheat, Sugar Cane and paddy production increased. He also initiated the simultaneous production of ethanol and sugarcane where ethanol will be blended with petrol.
One of Yogi Adityanath main promises was to bring a Government that will have ‘zero tolerance’ towards corruption. He vowed to establish the rule of law and that no rules shall be bend. There have been 3,026 police encounters where 69 criminals were shot down. He said he would adopt strict measures and keep a tight vigil on all ministries and departments. He has warned 400 corrupt officials and decided to give early retirements to 200 employees due to malpractices.
He also decided to cancel arm licenses to the mafia and criminal turned politicians; the list included Mukhtar Ansary, Ateeq Ahmed, Dhananjay Singh, Abhay Singh, and Raja Bhaiya. He also formed an anti-land mafia task force to eradicate encroachment of land completely. Amidst all this Azam Khan was declared land mafia by Yogi Adithyanath’s Government.
Uttar Pradesh did not lack foreign investments too; on the first day of Uttar Pradesh investment summit where 500 companies participated signed 1,045 MoUs that are worth Rs 4.28 lakh crore. He laid a foundation of more than Rs 1.25 trillion for the industrial project and added Rs 65,000 core in December 2019.
The ‘One district one product’ scheme was introduced, wherein Yogi Adityanath encouraged each district to produce one product of its own to contribute to the goal of making the State a USD 1 trillion economy by 2024. This was an aim launched after getting inspiration from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s goal to reach USD 5 trillion by 2024. After the implementation of this scheme, the revenue of Bhadohi carpet doubled from Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 8,000 core.
Yogi Adityanath strictly implemented various Central schemes, including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Saubhaghya Yojana, Kisan Insurance. Ration cards were rigorously checked, and 30 lakh fake ration cards were found out. His mission to Build Country’s longest expressway from Lucknow to Ghazipur was initiated. On occasion of World Youth Skills Day, he announced a mission to create 70 lakh jobs for the youth and launched a scheme that offers nutritious breakfast for Rs 3 and lunch of Rs 3 to the economically weak people.
Though Yogi Adityanath has initiated many good activities, he is not free from making controversy every now and then. Starting from his ‘purification drive‘ conducted back in 2005 to convert Christians to Hinduism to his statement about the saint and social worker Mother Teresa (“She was part of the conspiracy to Christianize India. Hindus were converted in the name of doing service and then converted”) to his comment about Bollywood King Khan (I think there is no difference between the language of Shah Rukh Khan and Hafiz Saeed) have made him enter into the front page of newspapers.
Even though he has stirred some controversies, he has proved to be a man of action. Through his schemes, he has managed to pull the right strings of the people of Uttar Pradesh in a way that everyone benefits from it. The latest survey conducted by The India Today, Mood of the Nation (MOTN) poll in January 2020 yet again made Yogi Adityanath as the best performing chief minister for the second time in a row.
So what do you think of Yogi Adityanath vision and actions? Do you think he made a visible change last year? Will Uttar Pradesh be a developed State under him?
All You Need To Know About National Institute Of Food Technology Entrepreneurship And Management Bill 2021
On July 26, 2021, Lok Sabha passed a bill under the ministry of Food Processing Industry. The bill is titled as National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021. The main motive of this bill is to address issues with the Food Processing Industry, Entrepreneurship and one Institution for National Importance. With the passing of this bill, the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) and National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) is now merged as Institutions of National Importance, and it aims at providing various research and advancement in learning about the Food Industry and its associated branches. The bill was first introduced in the house in February 2019 but was pending due to protest by the opposition.
Significance of Institutions of National Importance (INI)
With the passing of this bill, the institutions enjoy greater autonomy through which they can carry out various courses, research attracting skilled faculties and students from all over the country and overseas. Good standards in education will be adopted to improve the present and future of education in this branch and sector, overcoming the technological gap in the country. This law aims to improve and introduce new changes in food, bio-nanotechnology, cold chain technology etc. The desired efforts will be taken in terms of human resources and infrastructure developments, labs for research etc. Liberty to open centres anywhere in India is also granted to INI and include courses regarding food technology certification and improving the workforce of the country.
Some other important features of this act are the Institution has been authorized with the Board of Government, Senate and other acting Authorities. The Council of Board will include 16 members from different branches from the same field. The Head will be Chairperson, who will be a skilled person from the Food Industry, the Director, Dean and Registrar. Members appointed from Centre and State Governments, Members from FSSAI and Council of Agriculture Research, as mentioned in the bill. The 16 members of the board will carry out work of taking administrative decisions, creating annual budgets and paths for institution progress as an organization, establishing departments, their appointment terms of services, faculties etc. The Board of Council also holds power to grant Honorary Degrees and Diplomas. The Senate shall be the principal academic body of the Institute, consisting of the people such as Director as the Chairperson; Registrar; Full-time skilled level Professor; and Three academically skilled Individuals nominated by the board from the field.
The Union Minister of Food Processing Industry, Mr Pashupati Kumar Paras, expressed his gratitude to PM Modi for this landmark step in this industry from his Twitter handle, indicating new opportunities in Food Technology Industries. Therefore, this Act looks promising on paper with new opportunities and in Educational Development. Amidst the Pegasus Spyware and repeal of the farm laws, this looks positive from the Modi Government.
लोकसभा में आज, राष्ट्रीय खाद्य प्रौद्योगिकी, उद्यमिता और प्रबंध संस्थान विधेयक, 2021 (निफ्टेम विधेयक, 2021) को पारित किया गया।
इस विधेयक के पारित होने पर इससे जुड़े हर व्यक्ति को बधाई देता हूँ और साथ ही खाद्य प्रसंस्करण से जुड़े छात्रों को भी बधाई देता हूँ। @MOFPI_GOI
— Pashupati Kumar Paras (@PashupatiParas) July 26, 2021
Fake News: Accountability Of News Organisations
Fake news is false news stories or hoaxes, which are deliberately released to misinform and to create chaos in society or among readers. Fake news is one of the main reasons behind the disruption of peace in society and it becomes more dangerous in volatile places. Fake news is generally shared with propaganda to mislead the audience by hiding or twisting the truth. However fake news isn’t new to the web, it recently became an enormous problem in today’s digital world. Fake news mostly comes from sites that are bogus or have sensationalized stories.
Most of the users do not check the facts before sharing the information on their social media, which can be a reason for widespread fake news. So, it is important to differentiate between fake news and authentic news to maintain harmony in society and to avoid false news and its repercussions.
Fake News Stories
- On 2nd April, a team of doctors, health workers, and revenue officials were attacked by the family members of a 65-year-old man who died of COVID-19 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh because of the fake video which claimed that healthy Muslims were being injected with the virus, reiterating the risks and physical manifestations of misinformation.
- On March 22, 2020, Mr. Modi’s new term ‘Janta curfew’ has sparked a buzz on the Internet. Social media users started interpreting PM Modi’s concept of ‘Janta curfew’ in their own ways. Social media was flooded with a certain ‘scientific explanation’ behind the curfew as to how it will break the chain of transmissions of the deadly coronavirus infection. The claim was found out to be misleading. PM Modi, while announcing the curfew, didn’t mention this particular ‘scientific’ logic behind it.
- Rumours were circulated on WhatsApp groups about a kidnapping gang operating in India’s western state of Maharashtra in 2018. The rumors eventually cause a mob lynching, that killed five migrant workers because they were suspected of being kidnappers.
- On November 13, 2016, when the government of India has demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and planned to replace them with new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes, rumors were spreading about Rs 2000 notes. Rumors claimed the new higher denomination currency comes with a Nano-GPS chip which acts as a reflector, giving precise location coordinates of the currency to permit every note to be tracked. However, the RBI officials had dismissed these as false and said the new Rs 2000 note does not have a Nano-GPS chip as is being claimed on social media, WhatsApp.
- In the pandemic situation, where vaccination has become crucial, in a series of viral videos it was seen that people are claiming that magnet was attracted to the arms of alleged COVID-19 vaccinated recipients. This kind of fake news can create misconceptions about vaccines and people may not take their jab of vaccines. The Centre has declined the claims that Covid-19 vaccines can make people ‘magnetic’. It has also dismissed theories about microchips in coronavirus vaccines.
Need of Accountability
False information on social media can cause huge problems. It is often done to influence political processes. Need for Accountability increases in such situations because the false information provided by certain news organizations can create a ruckus in society. Before publishing the news, it is necessary to check the facts.
If the news organizations, shared misinformation unintentionally they must remove the content right away and they should apologize to the readers. If fake news is spread with propaganda to create chaos in society, then the news organization should be punished under the law. The information must be checked before sharing it with other people.
Curious Case Of Pegasus: Explained
Pegasus is a spyware that can hack the victims’ mobile phones and read their SMS messages and emails. The Pegasus spyware is owned by an Israeli software company named NSO Group. According to the various reports, this company has targeted more than 50,000 phone numbers at the Global level, of which 300 are in India for surveillance.
The news broke out after the 17 media partners investigated. This investigation brought into the picture information about a leaked database of mobile telephone numbers of Indian Ministers, Opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, business people, government officials, scientists, activists and many influential personalities of the nation.
Pegasus Spyware and India
According to the report by the agency, the Israeli company which sells Pegasus around the world says that its clients are confined to ‘vetted governments”, believed to number 36. The NSO Group also says that ‘the target list in India is not ours, never was.’ Their refusal of the leaked database has created a loophole in understanding this case.
This whole case has violated the integrity of democratic institutions. According to the report by the agencies, after the mobile phones of the opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and various other leaders were hacked under the Pegasus spyware surveillance. Multiple tweets were made against the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government in India. This whole case has become one of the major threats in the political arena and the Indian Democracy.
Though at the start, it was used for national security purposes. The explosive expansion of surveillance technology vendors has become a vast human rights and a global security issue. If such surveillance technologies increase, it might cause a lot of problems to countries around the globe. Hence, as a precaution, all these countries need to work on regulating this technology.
According to the reports by the agency, one of the targeted phones by the Pegasus spyware was of the former election commissioner of India, Ashok Lavasa. Various such people and such opposition leaders were somehow against the BJP government having their phones hacked with the NSO-owned spyware. All these instances and the names in the leaked list have pointed figures towards the Modi Government.
The Modi government’s stand on this case was put forward in Lok Sabha by two serving ministers, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Singh Patel. These two leaders were also featured in the leaked database. The recent Information Technology Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw defended the BJP government in the parliament by saying, “the expose was an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.” She even said, ‘any form of illegal surveillance is not possible with the checks and balances in our laws and robust institutions.’
This case has adjourned the parliament proceedings due to the protests inside and outside the house of parliament by the opposition party.
Pegasus Spyware and World.
In the statement given to the agency, Access Now, an organisation defending the digital rights of global users, said it was outraged that products sold by NSO were allegedly “used to hack and invade the private communications” of thousands of people across the globe.
At a global level, France’s Emmanuel Macron was targeted in the Pegasus spyware case. As the phone of French President Emmanuel Macron was hacked, the investigation was carried out and later on was published which was directed by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden. After this case came in front of the whole world, the Pegasus spyware surveillance came into the picture.
If this continues for some more time, it will ruin India’s Democratic values at a global level. As well as this might become a huge technological threat between the different nations around the globe.
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