The Bengal government plans to pick up a fight with the centre on the latter’s new system of posting fresh IAS officers first in the central government as assistant secretaries for three months. She plans to rally Bihar and UP Chief Minsters Nitish Kumar and Akhilesh Yadav on the issue. She suspects that these officers, during their initial posting in the central government, are brainwashed against state governments.
“The chief minister feels that IAS officers are being brainwashed during their three-month stint in Delhi so that the Centre can get information through them. Second, she feels the Centre is interfering in the state’s affairs by posting the IAS officers in Delhi,” said an officer.
Sources in the Bengal chief minister’s office said Mamata was furious with the Centre’s decision to keep the state’s eight officers in the capital. Chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee has been told to send a letter to Delhi to record the state’s dissatisfaction. The state government had resisted their placement at the Centre last year also but it was ignored.
“When they came back in November last year, the chief minister refused to post them as SDOs before the elections as she felt they were brainwashed by the NDA government. They were placed as SDOs in July this year, losing a year from the usual two-year tenure as SDOs, during which they learn the job,” said an official.