Yogi Bats for ‘Make in UP’; Sets up Anti-Land Mafia Task Force

In a major move aimed at freeing state-owned land from illegal occupants in UP, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to set up an anti-land mafia task force at the earliest.

"The Chief Minister has given a clear directive to start a campaign for vacating properties which have been under illegal occupation after identifying them in a month's time," an official spokesman said on Wednesday.

The official added:

The Chief Minister, during the presentation of the finance department late last (Tuesday) night, asked the officials concerned to set up the task force at the earliest to free government land from illegal occupants and encroachers.

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Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: IANS)

The seriousness of the problem of illegal occupation on government land was highlighted last year when two police officers and 22 squatters were killed in a bloody conflict at Jawahar Bagh public park in Mathura in June.

The squatters, an armed group led by a Ram Vriksh Yadav, once a follower of Jai Gurudev, had been occupying the site since 2014.

CM Adityanath Bats for 'Make in UP'

The newly elected CM has also asked the officials to start schemes for the success of 'Make in UP' on the lines of the Centre's 'Make in India' programme.

Taking strong exception to certain finance companies duping investors, the Chief Minister, at a presentation by state institutional finance departments on Tuesday, directed that a plan be prepared to act stringently against defaulting companies.

He also asked officials to identify companies that swindle investors, adding that stringent laws should be used against them.

(With inputs from PTI.)