West Bengal: Alapan Bandyopadhyay replies to show-cause notice; Centre to decide course of action soon


New Delhi: The central government is examining the reply of the show-cause notice sent to former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and will decide on the course of action against him soon, informed sources on Friday.

“A reply from Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been received last night and it is being examined. The further course of action will be decided soon,” top central government sources told ANI.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s newly appointed Chief Advisor, Alapan Bandyopadhyay was issued a show-cause notice by the central government under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 asking him to write within three days.

“West Bengal former Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay had to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and follow up. But when Prime Minister arrived at the briefing he was not present. And after being contacted by Prime Minister’s entourage he came for the meeting room and left without attending the review meeting,” official sources had told ANI on Wednesday.

On Monday also, a show-cause notice was served to Alapan Bandyopadhyay for failing to report to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) as directed by the central government.

The development took place after Banerjee along with the state chief secretary skipped the review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28 aftermath of Cyclone Yaas. Bandyopadhyay was to retire on May 31 and had earlier been given three months extension.

The central government had on May 28 issued an order to recall Bandyopadhyay, and said the placement of his services with the government has been approved. The state government was asked to relieve the officer with immediate effect and he was directed to report to North Block by May 31.
Banerjee had on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the central government’s order to recall Bandyopadhyay. Later on Monday, she said Bandyopadhyay has retired from service and will not join in Delhi and has been made Chief Advisor to West Bengal Chief Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a review meeting at Kalaikunda in Paschim Medinipur district to take stock of the post-cyclonic situation. Mamata Banerjee was supposed to attend the meeting.

However, she arrived late by 30 minutes and handed him over reports of damage caused by the impact of Cyclone Yaas. Following this, she and the state chief secretary left for her “pre-scheduled” meeting at Digha. (ANI)