Calcutta, Oct. 7: The key departments of health, power and information technology today witnessed a shuffle at the helm in a decision that was among the first taken by the chief minister after moving to her new office across the Hooghly.
Power secretary Malay De has been shifted to the health department. He will replace Satish Chandra Tewary, who will now be the principal secretary of the IT department. Gopal Krishna, a 1983-batch IAS officer who was on central deputation, will replace De as the new power secretary.
De, a 1985-batch IAS officer, has often been credited for efficiently running the power department and also convincing Mamata Banerjee about the need to raise power tariffs to reduce the losses of state-run utilities, sources said.
“De’s transfer to Swasthya Bhavan shows the chief minister wanted to utilise him in achieving the targets she has set for the department,” a senior official said.
Mamata herself holds the health portfolio, despite being burdened with responsibilities of running other key departments.
Sources said Krishna’s tenure at the Centre ended in May this year and there is a possibility of him being given the charge of the industries department on his return to Calcutta.
“He is a former managing director of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. He has also served in the Union ministry of commerce and industry. So there is a strong possibility of him taking charge of the industries department,” a government official said.
According to sources, Krishna will be given the additional responsibility of the industrial reconstruction and public enterprise department.