Mamata Banerjee stated that Alapan Bandyopadhyay, the top Bengal officer, had retired as Chief Secretary and would now serve as Chief Adviser to her government for three years, just hours after she wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying she would not send him to Delhi.
In the midst of her state’s Covid dispute, Mamata Banerjee had made it clear that she would not follow the Centre’s decision to transfer Mr Bandyopadhyay to the Centre. According to her, the Centre retaliated by demanding that he report to Delhi. She informed that HK Dwivedi has taken over as Chief Secretary following Mr Bandyopadhyay’s retirement.
“They have given no reason. I am shocked. I have decided we need his service for the Covid pandemic. For Covid and for Cyclone Yaas, he must continue his service to the poor, the state, the country, the affected people…” the Chief Minister said.
In a recall order issued hours after Mamata Banerjee skipped a Cyclone Yaas review meeting with Prime Minister Modi, the Chief Secretary was directed to report to the Centre at 10 a.m. today.