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Featured Image: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in file photo. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 31 December: A few days ago, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked state government officers not to pass on any information to the Centre without consulting the state secretariat.

Earlier this week, the same was followed up with an order issued by chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee, and this virtually stopped the flow of information from the state to the Centre.

But now the Governor, who happens to be a representative of the Central government appointed as per Constitutional provision, has sought report from nine departments of the state government on the progress of various Central schemes for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17.

In a communique sent to the chief secretary on 28 December, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s secretary Satish Chandra Tewary asked for the progress report to be sent to Raj Bhavan by 31 December both in hard copies and by e-mail.

The immediate context for which the report has been sought is a video-conference that President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to hold with Governors of all the states on 05 January.

The nine departments from which the progress report has been sought are backward class welfare, higher education, school education, agriculture, water resources, rural development, urban development, energy (power), and public works department.

What is significant is that the Governor’s secretary, who too is an IAS officer of Bengal cadre, marked a copy of the communique directly to the nine departmental secretaries “in view of urgency of the matter.”

Interestingly, late last month Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had told a Press conference that the Centre had asked the state panchayat minister about the status of rural development schemes in Bengal and that the state government would not oblige the instruction.