In what is being labelled as unprecedented in bureaucratic circles, an IAS officer with nearly 10 years of service left has been named as Bengal’s chief secretary. In the process, he supercedes at least eight seniors.
On Thursday, the government initiated the process of promoting Sanjay Mitra as the next chief secretary. The 1982 batch IAS officer with the health department was promoted to additional chief secretary, making him eligible for the top bureaucratic post in the state. The present incumbent, Samar Ghosh, retires on September 30.
Later in the evening, chief minister Mamata Banerjee signed Mitra’s appointment.
Mitra has served in the Prime Minister’s Office for three years. When Mamata Banerjee came to power last year, she brought him to Bengal as the principal health secretary. The chief minister was looking for a young and efficient IAS officer to revive the state’s ailing health services.
With Mitra becoming the chief secretary, he supercedes eight additional chief secretaries including Jaya Dasgupta, Anup Chanda, Tuk Tuk Kumar, Nurul Haque and Raghabendra Singh.
This is the first time that a chief secretary will be in the position for such a long time. During the Left Front regime, Amit Kiran Deb was the chief secretary for three-and-a-half years.