Amidst a confrontation with the central government, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has given retirement to her chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and made him her chief advisor. With this step, on one hand, he stopped Alapan from going to Delhi, while on the other side, he has retained him as an advisor. Not only this, Mamta Banerjee has appointed 1988 batch IAS officer Harikrishna Dwivedi as Chief Secretary. Until now, Dwivedi was working as the home secretary of Bengal. Actually, on the request of the Government of Bengal, on 24 May the Center gave approval to extend the tenure of Alapan for three months. After this, he was transferred to Delhi on 28 May, but Alapan decided to retire, the date of which was 31 May.
Dwivedi, who was the Secretary of the Home Department of the Government of Bengal, is a 1988 batch IAS officer of the Bengal cadre. He also had the state’s Parliamentary Department, Planning and Statistics. Apart from working in important positions in the state, she also has long administrative experience with Mamata Banerjee. Prior to this, he has also worked as Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry of Bengal. In his place, BP Gopalika has been made the Home Secretary of the state. Harikrishna Dwivedi has been a member of the Electricity Corporation of West Bengal since 2012. In this way, Harikrishna Dwivedi is not a new name for Bengal’s bureaucracy. For a long time, he has held many important positions in the state, from home secretary.
Alapan Bandyopadhyay was senior only a year from Dwivedi
New Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi also has long experience of bureaucracy. Alapan Bandyopadhyay was a 1987 batch officer, while Dwivedi is a 1988 batch. Not only this, both have been officers of the West Bengal cadre. Being 60 years old, Alapan was scheduled to retire on Monday, but his three-month extension was approved by the central government. The dispute increased when the central government transferred him to Delhi on 28 May. Mamta Banerjee objected to this and refused to relive them. After this, Alapan took retirement on Monday, not taking extension.