WB Chief Secretary not to obey Centre’s order?

Alapan Bandyopadhyay

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay – controversially recalled by the centre last week after yet another bitter row between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee – is unlikely to report to Delhi as ordered, reports said today, quoting sources.

The Central government, which issued the orders for Bandyopadhyay’s deputation after Mamata and the chief secretary failed to attend PM Modi’s Cyclone Yaas review meeting, had asked him to report to Delhi today.

A senior IAS officer of the West Bengal government and colleague of the Chief Secretary was quoted as saying by The Print that Bandyopadhyay is going to write a detailed letter to the Central government explaining his inability to report to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), as directed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The transfer directive was seen by many quarters as an indication of vindictiveness by the Centre, after the Chief Minister on Saturday appealed to “PM Modi to end political vendetta, withdraw order recalling Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, and allow him to work for the Covid-infected”.

 

NT Bureau