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Govt appoints Rina Mitra as Principal Advisor, Internal Security

Govt appoints Rina Mitra as Principal Advisor, Internal Security

Kolkata: The state government is appointing Rina Mitra as the state's Principal Advisor, Internal Security.

Mitra, a retired IPS officer of the 1983 batch of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was shortlisted for the post of CBI director. She served as a special secretary (internal security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs before her retirement on January 31.

The post of Principal Advisor, Internal Security has been newly created. In May 2018, the state government had created the post of State Security Advisor (SSA), similar to Centre's NSA and appointed former DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha as the SSA in May 2018.

Besides reporting directly to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the SSA had been given the power of 'strategic intervention' when it comes to the security of Bengal by providing a 'grid of state intelligence' (on the line of National Intelligence Grid). He was also given the task of close coordination with the security agencies in Nepal and Bangladesh.

A notification in this regard issued by the state Home and Hill Affairs department stated that the terms and conditions of Mitra's service will be notified in a separate order.

The state on Tuesday also reshuffled a dozen IPS and WBPS officers in the state. Apart from them, IAS officer Onkar Singh Meena, presently posted as Secretary, Housing department was appointed as Additional Chief Electoral Officer and ex-officio of the Home and Hill Affairs department.

Khalil Ahmed was given the additional charge of Secretary, Housing department. Ahmed holds the charge of Municipal Commissioner of KMC and the secretary of the Fire & Emergency Services department.

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