After making the Centre sanction 45 more babus for the state,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now bringing IAS officers of West Bengal cadre,posted outside the state on deputation,back to the state.
In May 2011,when the Left lost the Assembly elections,the total strength of IAS officers for Bengal was 314. Since Mamata took over,she wrote several letters to the Prime Minister seeking an increase in their strength; accordingly,the Centre sanctioned 45 more officers,taking the total to 359.
However,the state still cant tide over the shortage as 140-150 officers are posted out of the state at any given point of time. This has prompted the Home (personnel) department to initiate the process of bringing back officers from the Centre as well as other states.
So while Tuk Tuk Kumar,a 1981 batch officer who was on central deputation,was brought to Bengal about three months ago and has been put in charge of the department of Women and Child Development,another officer who was brought back just last week was P B Salim,a 2001 batch IAS officer who was posted as District Collector,Kozhikode,Kerala. Salim has now joined the post of Director,ESI.
The state government has also written to the Centre to send Atri Bhattacharya,a 1989 batch officer,who is posted as Secretary,Jute Manufacturers Development Council,under the government of India.
Bhattacharya has been tipped for the post of principal secretary,commerce and industries,which was vacated after incumbent Basudev Banerjee was transferred to the Home Department as principal secretary.
The state government has also asked for repatriation of Kanwaljit Singh Cheema,a 1993 batch officer,who is now posted as Special Principal Secretary to the chief minister of Punjab and A. Subbiah,a 1992 batch officer who is now posted as deputy chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust,to the state.
We are making a list of more such officers and and bringing them back to the state since the chief minister wants key posts in the state administration to be manned by efficient IAS officers, an official of the Home (personnel) department,told The Indian Express.