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Alapan Bandopadhyay, a skilled administrator with clean record

Despite his younger brother’s sudden death this month due to Covid, he continued to work hard for the state, no bothering to take a time off. 

Published: 01st June 2021 08:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st June 2021 08:03 PM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her chief advisor Alapan Bandopadhyay during a meeting in Kolkata.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her chief advisor Alapan Bandopadhyay during a meeting in Kolkata. (Photo | Bibhash Lodh, EPS)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay has earned a name for himself as a skilled administrator. The 1987-batch IAS officer started his professional career as a journalist with the Kolkata-based Bengali newspaper called Anandabazar Patrika. He then cracked the UPSC Civil Services Examination and joined the officialdom.

A diligent civil servant, Bandopadhyay has consistently demonstrated his commitment to his work. Despite his younger brother’s sudden death this month due to Covid, he continued to work hard for the state, no bothering to take a time off.

Bandopadhyay has served as the additional chief secretary of the micro, small and medium enterprises and textiles department before he was appointed as the additional chief secretary of the home and information department in 2019. He was the blue-eyed boy of the Left government, which ruled West Bengal prior to Mamata’s ascent. When the TMC supremo took over the reins of power in 2011, Bandopadhyay’s skills did not go unnoticed.

He has not had a single blot on his career. While reacting to the Centre’s transfer letter to him, Mamata herself noted that he has maintained a clean image throughout. Bandopadhyay’s wife Sonali Chakrabarty is the vice-chancellor of the University of Calcutta.

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