Manjula Gupta, a former IAS officer died in the city on Thursday. She was 72 years old and left behind her husband Asoke Gupta, former state chief secretary and two sons.
A condolence meeting was held in the conference hall of the Chief Secretary at the state secretariat Nabanna on Friday afternoon.
Officers present in the meeting recalled their close association with her, both in official and personal apacities. Basudeb Banerjee, Chief Secretary and Sanjeev Chopra, Additional Chief Secretary and president of the IAS Association expressed their grief on her demise.
A delegation of officers from the IAS Association met Asoke Gupta and expressed their condolences.
An IAS officer of 1967 batch, she was one of the first women officers of the Indian Administrative Service to join the Bengal cadre.
The others were Roma Majumdar and Ranu Ghosh. Leena Chakraborty and Kasturi Gupta Menon were juniors to her in service.
She will be remembered for her long stints in the Personnel departments, both at state government
and central government. She was known to be a warm and affectionate person.
In her long and distinguished career she served as director in DOPT, Government of India. She was the divisional commissioner, Jalpaiguri.
Gupta was the Principal Secretary, Personnel and Administrative department, and Commissioner General of Land and Land Reforms department of the state government.
She was also the Inspector General (Prisons).