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West Bengal Chief Minister Orders Major Bureaucratic Rejig

In a major bureaucratic reshuffle ordered by the government of West Bengal government on Monday, Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as the new Home Secretary and a host other of IAS and IPS officers have been transferred, confirmed an official notification. Bandyopadhyay replaces Atri Bhattacharya, while Bhattacharya was transferred by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and chief secretary Moloy De was looking after the Home department. Bandopadhyay, who was in handling the charge of the MSME department with an additional charge of Industry, Commerce, and Enterprises will also look after these departments, the notification said.

Ajit Ranjan Bardhan, a West Bengal cadre 1989 batch IAS,  has been promoted as Principal Secretary of the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD), while, earlier he was responsible Youth Services and Sports department. Barun Kumar Ray, who was in-charge of the NBDD with additional charge of Jalpaiguri Commissioner was transferred as the Municipal Commissioner of Malda. 

Choten D Lama, Secretary of the Panchayat & Rural Development Department (P&RD) was shifted to the Backward Classes Welfare Department with an additional charge of the Tribal department, the order said.

P B Salim, Secretary of the Minority Affairs department, was given the additional charge of the Youth and Sports department, the order said. 

In the IPS reshuffle, the state government shunted Siddhinath Gupta from the post of ADGP (Law and Order) and posted him as ADGP (Establishment).

Gyanwant Singh the Commissioner of Bidhannagar Police was appointed the new ADGP (Law and Order). Jayanta Kumar Basu, ADGP (Establishment) was named as the director of the Directorate of economic offenses, the order said. Nishant Pervez, DIG CID (operations) was named the new commissioner of police of Bidhan Nagar, the order said.

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