In the midst of reports that her government’s departments do not send replies to parliamentary inquiries on time, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has chosen to scan and approve all such responses filed by additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries among others before they are submitted, a senior official said. Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, in a message, has instructed the secretaries to send him the replies, which then would be placed to the CM for a final nod, the official said on Friday.
“It has come to the government’s notice that responses to the parliamentary questions are not always projected in time. Henceforth, the additional chief secretaries, joint secretaries, secretaries have been urged to submit their interactions to the chief secretary. “He will then place them to the competent authority, that is the chief minister, for approval,” he stated.
At the same time, a retired IAS officer, who had served as the chief secretary of the state, told PTI that it is “possibly the first time a chief minister will be going through the replies of ACS or other secretaries meant to be delivered to Parliament. This can also be a politically-driven choice”.
According to another ex-bureaucrat, the move was an “uncommon” one.
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