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Centre transfers WB Chief Secretary to Dept of Personal Training in Delhi

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Kriti Agrawal

After the Centre and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clashed over a cyclone Yaas meeting, West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay was moved and directed to join the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) headquarters in Delhi on May 31.

The Trinamool Congress responded by questioning, “How low will Modi-BJP Shah’s stoop?”

The Personnel Ministry said in a statement to the state government that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had approved the placement of Bandyopadhyay’s services with the Government of India with immediate effect, in accordance with Rule 6 (1) of the Indian Administrative Service (cadre) Rules, 1954.

The ruling directed the State government to relieve the officer with immediate effect and to report to the DoPT headquarters in Delhi’s North Block by 10 a.m. on May 31.

Mr. Bandyopadhyay, who was set to retire on May 31, received a three-month extension from the State government.

The Home Ministry had previously attached three Indian Police Service (IPS) personnel of West Bengal cadre in December 2020, but the State government did not release them. The attachment order was issued after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president J.P Nadda’s cavalcade was attacked in the Diamond Harbour region.

The Home Ministry is the cadre governing body for IPS officers, whereas the Department of Personnel and Training is the authority for IAS officers.