The order, which seniors within the Bengal authorities stated was “sudden, unprecedented and reeking of vendetta politics”, got here 4 days after the Centre had permitted a three-month extension for the 1987-batch officer.
A letter signed by an under-secretary within the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions reached Nabanna on Friday night asking the state authorities to “relieve Bandyopadhyay with instant impact”.
The chief secretary was scheduled to retire on Might 31 however CM Mamata Banerjee had written to PM Narendra Modi on Might 10 — 5 days after taking oath as CM for a 3rd time period — requesting that Bandyopadhyay be allowed to proceed for 3 extra months due to the continued pandemic. The Centre intimated its approval of this request on Might 24, 4 days earlier than the brand new order shifting out Bandhopadhyay reached Nabanna.
Bandyopadhyay, on a tour of Bengal’s Cyclone-Yaas-ravaged coastal zone with the CM, didn’t react. “It’s not clear how such a ‘central deputation order’ applies to IAS officers who haven’t utilized for any central deputation,” an officer stated.
CM Banerjee, too, didn’t react instantly however individuals near her stated she was “clearly sad”. TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Ray requested “how low the Modi-Shah’s BJP might stoop”. “Has this ever occurred since Independence? Pressured central deputation of a state CS… All as a result of the individuals of Bengal selected Mamata Banerjee with an amazing mandate,” he added. BJP state common secretary Sayantan Basu, nevertheless, noticed no politics in what he stated was an “administrative resolution”.
Central authorities guidelines say an officer may be deputed to the Centre or another state and, if there’s any “disagreement”, states should obey the Centre’s resolution. The Centre had final yr invoked the same clause to switch three IPS officers however the Bengal authorities had refused to launch them. All of the officers nonetheless serve within the state.