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West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay retires, appointed Mamata Banerjee chief adviser

The issue as of the Centre calling back the senior IAS officer, immediately after okaying a three-month extension for Bandopadhyay, who has been overseeing critical Yaas Cyclone relief in the state, apart from the Covid action plan.

Adding another chapter to the showdown between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state’s chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay on Monday retired from the Indian Administrative Service, right on the day of his natural retirement. He was immediately appointed chief adviser to the chief minister.

The issue was of the Centre calling back the senior IAS officer, immediately after okaying a three-month extension for Bandyopadhyay, who has been overseeing critical relief in the state after Cyclone Yaas, apart from the Covid action plan.

This was seen as a tit-for-tat for CM Banerjee not attending a relief related meeting with the PM, in the presence of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and even with the presence of Leader of Opposition Subhendu Adhikari, a former Mamata aide who had defected to the BJP. Bandyopadhyay, a confidante of the CM, also did not attend the meeting. Mamata Banerjee met the PM for a few minutes and left after giving the PM a statement of requirements of the state as far as relief was concerned.

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The recall was a knee-jerk reaction but had several legal loopholes that would have had to be overcome by the Appointments Committee, headed by the CM.

Source: ILNS

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