Centre begins '' significant penalty proceedings ' versus Alapan Bandyopadhyay, may reject him retirement benefits

Centre Begins 'Major Penalty Proceedings' Against Alapan
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versus Alapan Bandyopadhyay, may reject him retirement perks The Centre has actually initiated”major penalty proceedings”against previous West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, amidst a tug-of-war between the Union federal government and the Mamata Banerjee dispensation over him, which might deny him of post-retirement benefits, partially or completely. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent Bandyopadhyay, now a consultant to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a “memorandum” pointing out the charges and providing him 30 days to respond, authorities stated Monday.

The previous chief secretary has actually been warned of significant charge proceedings which allows the Central government to keep pension or gratuity, or both, either in full or in part, they stated.

The June 16 memorandum sent to Bandyopadhyay notifies him that the Centre proposes to hold major penalty proceedings versus him under Guideline 8 of the All India services (Discipline and Appeal) guidelines, 1969, checked out with Rule 6 of the All India Provider (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958.

“The substance of the imputations of misbehavior or misdeed in respect of which the questions is proposed to be held is set out in the declaration of Post of Charge,” it said.

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Bandyopadhyay, a 1987-batch IAS officer (retired) of West Bengal cadre, was “directed to send within one month of the invoice of this memorandum a composed statement of his defence and also to state whether he desires to be heard in-person”.

“Major penalty proceedings have actually been started versus Bandyopadhyay as per appropriate service guidelines,” an official said.

The guidelines permit the Central government to keep “pension or gratuity, or both, either in full or in part, whether completely or for a specified duration”.

It also permits the Centre to purchase the “healing from pension or gratuity of the entire or part of any budgeting loss caused to the central or a state government, if the pensioner is discovered in a department or judicial proceedings to have been guilty of severe misbehavior or to have actually triggered budgeting loss to the main or a state government by misbehavior or neglect, throughout his service, including service rendered on re-employment after retirement”.

The Centre had on May 28 looked for services of Bandyopadhyay, hardly a few days after he was given a three-month extension beyond the date of his superannuation (May 31), and asked the state government to relieve him instantly with an instructions to him to report at DoPT, New Delhi.

The DoPT had sent him a reminder after he failed to report in response to its May 28th order.

As the tussle between the Centre and the state continued over the order, Mamata Banerjee on Might 31 stated that Bandyopadhyay has “retired” and been selected as her consultant for three years.

The Union Home Ministry has also slapped a show-cause notification on Bandyopadhyay under a strict provision of the Catastrophe Management Act that requires jail time for up to two years, for abstaining from a meeting administered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Cyclone Yaas.

The notice stated Bandyopadhyay “acted in a way identical to declining to adhere to lawful instructions of the main federal government”.

Bandyopadhyay had actually reacted to the Home Ministry’s notification.

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Released at Mon, 21 Jun 2021 15:18:09 +0000