Mayawati pulls up officials on sudden inspection in Lucknow



Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday pulled up officials of the Lucknow district administration as she chose to suddenly return from her tour of the districts well before schedule to undertake an inspection of various public services in the state capital.

The chief minister had covered almost each of the state's 70 districts since Feb 1st when she took off on her whirlwind tour, covering two or three districts every day.

On Sunday, she however cut short her tour of Bulandshahr, Budaun and Rampur to fly back to Lucknow around 5.30 pm. But a few hours earlier, officials had got a whiff about her sudden plan to take a round of various establishments in the capital and the entire staff at the local tehsil was on their toes when she drove down straight from the helipad to the office.

Mayawati detected several loopholes and expressed her displeasure with the general state of affairs at the office. She reprimanded Divisional Commissioner Prashant Trivedi and told him to ensure improvement in the overall working of the office.

Her next destination was Balrampur Hospital in the neighbourhood where she spent about 20 minutes visiting wards and talking to patients. She pulled up the hospital director after noticing some cobwebs on the ceiling of one of the wards and ordered for installation of a lift in the ward wing of the 600-bed hospital.

The chief minister next visited the busy Qaiser Bagh police station, where she flipped through the crime diary and pointed out some discrepancies. Policemen were in a tizzy as she took a quick round of the entire area telling them to pull up their socks.

From the police station, she went to yet another hospital, the 350-bed Shyama Prasad Mukherjee hospital which caters to a chunk of the downtown population. After a quick round of the wards, the chief minister headed for the more recently-built 395-bed Lohia hospital in another part of the city.

According to Lohia hospital director R.S.Dube, the chief minister was "quite satisfied with our cleanliness as well as patient care". "She talked to several patients , who expressed their full satisfaction with the treatment they were receiving here", he added.

IANS