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Vol. 6 | Issue 3 | June 2012
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2014! No babu from Bengal in Delhi
Don’tbe surprised if West Bengal doesn’t have Secretary rank officer in New Delhi after 2014. Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Minister Office says a big ‘no’ to those who want to move to Delhi on deputation. In fact, many senior IAS officers have stopped seeking central deputation because the state is unable to spare them. There are 109 IAS officers short in West Bengal. The total sanctioned strength is 359 and the pool was expanded by 45 at Mamata’s request. But at present the state has only 215 officers. Insiders inform that Anil Agarwal, Secretary Animal Resource Development, Trilochan Singh, Secretary Consumer Affairs and Moloy De, Secretary Power, had applied for clearance for central deputation last year, but the state government refused. West Bengal can send around 75 officers on central deputation but only 36 officers are posted in Delhi. Gopal Krishna, P Ramesh Kumar, S Suresh Kumar, Atri Bhattacharya, Vivek Kumar and Roshni Sen — are all likely to return to West Bengal within two to six months. Shyamal Sarkar, 1979 batch officer, an additional secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training, will be the only one from the West Bengal cadre in line for secretary rank in July at the Centre. And perhaps, for the first time since Independence, after Shyamal’s retirement in 2014 there would be a phase without a single Bengal cadre secretary in Delhi. g

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