IAS officers divested of double charge in Bengal
The Bengal government had effected a rejig in bureaucracy after chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that IAS officers should not be overburdened with multiple departments.
Naveen Prakash, a 1987 batch IAS officer, was holding the charges of public works and irrigation departments. He has been divested of the irrigation charge.
Prabhat Mishra, a 1993 batch IAS officer, is the new irrigation secretary.
Similarly, Atri Bhattacharya, a 1989 batch IAS officer, was given the charge of fisheries department, which was being held by Mishra.
“The policy is clear. No officer would be given charge of two major departments as this leaves an impact on the activities of both the departments. As Mishra was given the charge of the irrigation department, he was relieved of the fisheries department,” said an official.
Only officer who was entrusted with two major departments is A.R. Bandhan of the 1989 batch.
Bandhan was given the additional charge of the animal resources development department, beside the department of public health engineering. But it appears to be a temporary arrangement as the new home secretary B.P. Gopalika was holding the department of animal resources development.
Fifty-five IPS officers were also covered under the overhaul.
While, sources said, the majority of the changes were routine transfers, the most significant shift was putting DIG, Midnapore range, Kunal Aggarwal, on compulsory waiting.