Monday, September 12, 2011

mamta affronts pranab da

13 Sept 2011


NEW DELHI: In an affront to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has refused to relieve an IAS officer he wanted as his private secretary in what appears to be fast soiling relations between the two since differences cropped up over Teesta river deal with Bangladesh.

Mukherjee had sought transfer of the 38-year old Saumitra Mohan, a 2002 batch IAS officer posted in Birbhum district as the collector, to the Centre to fill the vacancy caused by promotion of his present private secretary Manoj Pant, also a West Bengal cadre IAS officer of 1991 batch.

Since his son Abhijit was elected to the Assembly from Birbhum, Mamata suspected that Mukherjee wants to reward the collector with a central posting for helping Abhijit in the elections and hence she rather issued orders transferring Mohan to Darjeeling.

Pant, who has already completed his central tenure and who can not continue as the minister's private secretary since after his promotion, is being sent to the World Bank as the deputy secretary to Executive Director M N Prasad, who takes over the post in December from Pulok Chatterjee returning to Delhi to head the PMO as principal secretary to the PM.


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