Controversy was sparked off when secretary to the Governor of West Bengal wrote to the state’s Chief Secretary seeking details on the progress of Central government funded projects in the state.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee repeatedly raised her voice alleging that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks directly to the Chief Secretary without involving the government that was elected by the people and it affected the federal structure of the country.
SK Tiwari, secretary to the Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, wrote to the Chief Secretary a few days ago. It has been mentioned in the letter that the President of India Pranab Mukherjee will be holding a video conference with Governors of all the states on January 5. In the video conference, Governors have to give details on the progress of the Central government funded projects in their respective states to the President. Thus, the secretary of the Governor wrote to the Chief Secretary seeking the progress report of the Central government funded projects which were undertaken by the nine departments of the state government.
According to a senior official of the state government, this is something unusual and it seems that this is the first time when the Governor’s secretary wrote to the Chief Secretary seeking report on the progress of the Central government funded project.
Banerjee had been raising the issues against steps taken by the Centre that would hamper the federal structure of the country and she had said that she would continue protesting against such steps.
The Chief Secretary was asked to provide the details by December 31. The letter was sent to him on December 28. The details were asked for the 2015-16 fiscal and till date of the 2016-17 fiscal. The reports of the Central government funded projects undertaken by the Backward Class Welfare, Higher Education, School education, Agriculture, Water Resources, Rural Development, Urban Development, Energy and Public Works department which also includes the projects for highways.