In a major bureaucratic arrangement, the West Bengal government issued orders on Tuesday to transfer 31 IPS and 20 IAS officers across various districts of the state. The reshuffle took place shortly before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee embarked on an 11-day trip to Dubai and Spain to attract investments for the state.
Out of the 20 IAS officers affected, 13 held the position of district magistrates. Among the IPS officers transferred were the Commissioner of Police of Siliguri and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Jalpaiguri, Murshidabad, Bankura, Barasat, Purulia ranges, and headquarters.
It was announced that while CM Banerjee is away in Dubai, the state Home Secretary and Personnel and Administrative Reforms secretary, BP Gopalika, will oversee administrative matters in the absence of Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, who will accompany the CM on her tour. An official stated, “The chief minister approved the transfer orders right before leaving for her tour.”
The new district magistrates for Howrah, Hooghly, and Darjeeling districts have been named as Deepak Priya, Mukta Arya, and Preeti Goel, respectively. Notable changes include the transfer of North 24 Parganas DM Sama Parveen to Jalpaiguri, former Darjeeling District Magistrate Ponnabalam to West Burdwan district, and Arun Prasad, the current District Magistrate of West Burdwan, taking over as the new district magistrate of Nadia district.
Additional District Magistrate of South 24 Parganas Siad NK will become the new District Magistrate of Bankura district, replacing Radhika Iyer.
North Dinajpur District Magistrate Arvind Kumar Meena will assume the role of the new District Magistrate of Cooch Behar, while Pawan Kadian, the existing District Magistrate of Cooch Behar, has been appointed as a special secretary in the state finance department.
Additionally, the district magistrates of East Burdwan and Jalpaiguri districts, Priyanka Sangla and Moumita Godara Bose, will take on the roles of Special Secretary of Disaster Management and Civil Defense Department and Secretary of Health Department, respectively.
Nadia District Magistrate Shashank Shetty will serve as Special Secretary of the Tourism Department, while Bankura District Magistrate Radhika Iyer has been designated as the Project Director of Kolkata Environmental Development Project.
A senior administrative official clarified, “There is no special consideration for these transfers. Some officers were promoted and transferred, and others were moved due to their extended tenure. The schedule for the Lok Sabha elections will be announced soon, and further transfers of DMs and Superintendents of Police in many districts can be expected.”