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Reforms Introduced

Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial

Reforms Introduced

As Minister of Home in UP, nationalization of the road transport and introduction of the UP-Government Roadways Services and opening of the post of bus conductor to women were some of his significant efforts. He was the first person who ordered the Police to use water cannon rather than lathi charge to control the crowd to maintain law and order.

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As Union Cabinet Minister, he resolved the language controversy involving the State of Assam after extensive deliberations and came out with a formula i.e. Shastri Formula, that helped in assuaging the feelings of the Assamese people.

Sympathizing with the people of South about their fear of imposition of Hindi, he piloted the Official Language Bill in Parliament in April 1962, which provided that even after January 1965, English might be retained, in addition to Hindi, for all official purposes and for the transaction of business in Parliament. ”


Shastriji worked hard to improve the efficiency and safety of the railway system and took several measures to set up various Railway Advisory Boards for the efficient assessment of the railway operations and management in diverse fields. He abolished ‘Third Class’ in Indian Railways to give dignity and self-respect to Indians.

After tendering resignation under Kamraj Plan, on reinduction as Union Minister without Portfolio, Shastriji quite tactfully and very amicably resolved the ‘relic episode’. He was also instrumental in setting up of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and in appointing Santhanam Committee to recommend measures to stamp out corruption in the country’s administrative and public life.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, he felt the need for responsive and agile administration. Appointment of an Administrative Reforms Commission to streamline public administration was one among many steps he took to made administration quick and responsive. Central Vigilance Commission was also created by him to deal with corruption among government employees.