New Delhi: Alapan Bandopadhyay, the former Chief Secretary of West Bengal, is becoming increasingly concerned between the Center and the state. According to the latest information, Alapan was supposed to brief and follow-up Prime Minister Narendra Modi but when the PM reached the briefing, he was not present. He was then contacted by the Prime Minister’s team. After this, he came to the meeting room and left without attending the review meeting, news agency ANI quoted a central government source as saying. It is being said that this controversy is not over yet.
Although West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday morning claimed that the Alapan Bandyopadhyay chapter is now closed, in reality it does not seem to be happening. He said that his administration is standing with the former chief secretary on the issue of dispute arising out of not joining the central government. In response to a question, Mamata told reporters, “The state government is with Alapan. Whatever is happening around him, the West Bengal government will give full support to it.
Bandopadhyay was due to retire on May 31, but the state had recently sought and granted permission to extend his tenure by three months, as he played a key role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. But soon after a controversy erupted over the chief minister and the state chief secretary not attending a review meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the cyclonic storm, he was handed a transfer directive from the Centre.
Amidst the ongoing conflict between the Center and the state, Alapan took retirement instead of going to Delhi. Soon after, he was appointed Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister. The Union Home Ministry has issued a show-cause notice to Bandopadhyay under the stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act, which carries a provision of imprisonment of up to two years.