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Former Bengal Chief Secretary’s Conduct of Skipping Meeting with Prime Minister Has Been Questioned – Government Sources | India News


NEW DELHI: Former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s conduct of skipping a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28 has seriously affected the IAS as he appeared to have been working as the Prime Minister’s personal staff government sources said. on Wednesday.
Did Bandyopadhyay submit to the “whims” of the West Bengal prime minister so that his subsequent retirement could be “generously gratifying”, the sources asked.
They said the chief secretary cannot be working as the chief minister’s personal staff.
Bandyopadhyay’s conduct on a day when the prime minister was in the state for a review meeting to determine post-cyclone Yaas damage has been questioned.
The sources said that the country’s Prime Minister of the Interior, Sardar Patel, when addressing the first group of IAS officers, had referred to them as the “steel frame of India.”
They said that Patel did not invent this phraseology just to inspire young officers, but that behind it were a multitude of connotations: India was a multicultural nation where the rulers of the states “would have their own interests and egos, sometimes inflated.”
If the Center’s representatives boycotted the meetings called by the chief secretary after natural calamities, wouldn’t that amount to an institutional collapse in a federal structure, they said.
“Wouldn’t that lead to anarchy? Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s conduct on May 28 has made a severe dent in IAS, India’s supposed ‘steel frame’ designed by Sardar Patel,” said a source.

Times of India