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Featured Image: Puneet Yadav from his Facebook album.      

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 04 April: AN IAS officer of the Bengal cadre has taken to Facebook twice in three days to impress upon Mamata Banerjee government to allow him take up Central deputation.

Puneet Yadav, currently serving as a secretary in the Bengal finance department at state secretariat Nabanna, resorted to the rather unusual approach as his aged father is keeping ill for some time now at their house in Agra, and he needs to be there to look after him.

The 1999 batch IAS officer had first took to  Facebook on 1 April, disclosing in two posts that he has applied to the state government to allow him take up Central deputation and asking friends to “pray” for his early movement to Delhi.

But with no positive outcome being facilitated by the Facebook posts on the first day of the week yesterday, Yadav has taken to FB again. This time he has uploaded a rather long post running into 814 words narrating how his father brought him up under immense hardships and how he was now suffering due to ailments at the age of “78- 80 years.”

The IAS officer’s desperation is evident by the way he has concluded the post. “I have done full justice to my job in most demanding situations but I can’t absolve myself of my responsibilities as a son only because I am a government servant,” it reads.

His first post had invited 558 comments and latest one has so far drawn 189 comments, all sympathising with his cause and praying that Mamata Banerjee government listens to his appeal at the earliest.

The IAS officer had applied for Central deputation early last month, but the state government has so far paid no heed to it.

This is because facing a dearth of IAS officers to run the state government departments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has placed a blanket ban on allowing any civil servant to go on Central deputation.