Tuesday, June 15, 2021

West Bengal chief secretary retires, appointed CM Mamata’s adviser amid Centre-state row | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay retired from his post on Monday and was appointed chief adviser to chief minister Mamata Banerjee amid a row between the Centre and state government.
In a media briefing, Mamata said she has appointed Bandyopadhyay as her chief adviser for the next three years. H K Dwivedi has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the state.
The rejig comes close on the heels of a major tussle between the Centre and state government that was triggered after Mamata allegedly skipped a cyclone review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The central government had accused Mamata of callousness and recalled the chief secretary later that day.
However, earlier today, Mamata wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to withdraw the Centre’s order recalling Bandyopadhyay.
She even added that her government “is not releasing” the top bureaucrat.
In a five-page letter, Banerjee urged the Prime Minister to reconsider the Centre’s decision to recall the chief secretary after giving him a three-month extension.
Banerjee said she was shocked by the Centre’s decision and termed the order as “unilateral”, which was issued “without any prior consultation” with the state government.
“This so-called unilateral order is an unreasoned volte face and by your own admission, against the interests of the state and its people.
“I humbly request you to withdraw, recall, reconsider your decision and rescind the latest so-called order in larger public interest. I appeal to your conscience and good sense, on the behalf of the people of West Bengal,” Banerjee said in her letter to PM Modi.
Later, during the press conference, Mamata said the Centre has responded to her letter and asked the chief secretary to join the North Block in the national capital on Tuesday.
(With inputs from PTI)

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