Bengal govt to amend rules to prevent babus on central deputation from sharing information with the Centre
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Bengal govt to amend rules to prevent babus on central deputation from sharing information with the Centre

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has frequently alleged that the Centre has been unduly interfering in the affairs of the state.

kolkata Updated: May 15, 2017 13:45 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times
Mamata Banerjee,Nitish Kumar,Bihar
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s relation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is passing through an all time low.(HT Photo)

Pushing her rivalry with the Union government to a new height, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to bar IAS and IPS officers from her state from sharing ‘classified’ information about the state with the Centre government even when they are central deputation.

Bengal bureaucrats are comparing this move somewhat on the lines of Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar’s initiative to prevent IAS and IPS officers of Bihar cadre from consuming alcohol even outside the state when they are on central deputation.

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Sources from the state personnel & administrative reforms department said that this will be an extension of the earlier instruction from the chief minister for the IAS and IPS officers under state government jurisdiction to refrain from sharing any information with the Union government.

BJP president Amit Shah visiting a slum in the chief minister’s constituency of Bhawanipore on August 26. Mamata Banerjee regularly alleges in public meetings that the ruling establishment at the Centre has let loose agencies such as CBI and ED on Trinamool Congress leaders. (Samir Jana)

Accordingly, an official said, the state government will have to bring an amendment in the West Bengal Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1959, under which all IAS and IPS officers of the state cadre will have to give an undertaking in this regard.

In order to extend the prohibition in the state, the Bihar government, too, amended Bihar Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1976, under which IAS and IPS officers of the state cadre gave an undertaking.

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Only in December last year when the BJP-Trinamool Congress tussle was at its peak, Mamata Banerjee instructed the IAS and IPS officers of state cadre to skip every meeting with the Union government and central agencies. She has maintained that the Centre is constantly unduly interfering in the matters of the state.

A senior member of the state cabinet said on condition of anonymity that the chief minister doubts that a number of central agencies have become unnecessarily active in the state. Her impression is based on classified information passed down by certain bureaucrats of the state cadre who are currently on central deputation.

“Hence, she wants to enforce restrictions on officers on central deputation so that the interest of the state is not hampered,” the member of the state cabinet said.

First Published: May 15, 2017 13:45 IST