New Delhi: Former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay’s stay away from the May 28 meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under question. Government sources on Wednesday said that Bandopadhyay’s conduct has damaged the IAS system as it appeared that he was acting as a personal employee of the chief minister.
Sources questioned whether Alapan Bandopadhyay had subjugated himself to the “wish” of the West Bengal chief minister, so that he could be “rewarded” after retirement.
He said that the Chief Secretary cannot function as a personal employee of the Chief Minister. Bandopadhyay’s conduct came under question when the Prime Minister was holding a review meeting in the state to assess the damage caused after cyclone ‘Yas’.
Sources said the country’s first home minister, Sardar Patel, while addressing the first batch of IAS officers, described them as the “steel structure of India”.
Sources said that Patel used the statement not only to inspire young officers but also to imply that India is a multicultural nation where the rulers of the states would have their own interests and egos.
He said that if the representatives of the Center had boycotted the meetings called by the Chief Secretary after the natural calamity, would it not amount to institutional disintegration in the federal structure.
A source said, “Doesn’t this cause chaos? Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s May 28 conduct has caused serious damage to the IAS, whom Sardar Patel described as India’s ‘steel structure’.