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CS can’t work like CM’s personal staff: Centre

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 3:- Amid a tussle over former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s central deputation, the Centre on Wednesday said that the top bureaucrat’s conduct could lead to anarchy and, make a “severe dent to IAS”.

The Central government also said that a chief secretary can’t be working like a personal staff of the Chief Minister, sources said.

“West Bengal former Chief Secy Alapan Bandyopadhyay had to brief the PM and follow up. But when PM arrived at the briefing he was not present. And after being contacted by PM’s entourage he came for the meeting room and left without attending the review meeting,” the government sources said.

“Did Alapan Bandyopadhyay subject himself to ‘whims’ of West Bengal CM so his post-retirement could be ‘handsomely rewarding’,” they asked.

Bandopadhyay was set to retire on May 31, but the Centre had on May 28 sought the services of the chief secretary and asked the state government to relieve the officer immediately.

The decision to recall Bandyopadhyay came shortly after he and Banerjee skipped the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas.

Defying Centre’s order, the bureaucrat on Monday chose to retire amid the Centre-state tussle and was subsequently appointed as the CM’s chief adviser. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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