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Featured Image: Debashis Sen. Photo from his Facebook

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 20 December: IN a significant move, the state government today transferred out IAS officer Debashis Sen from the urban development department that he had been handling for the past seven years.

Murmurs in the corridor of power suggest that Sen has been given the marching order due to differences with departmental minister Firhad Hakim. The 1985 batch IAS officer had reportedly declined to entrain the minister’s out of turn “request” as regards some urban projects; he instead referred the matter to the Chief Minister herself.

Sen’s transfer from the post of additional chief secretary in the urban development department comes as a surprise as was he being retained in the department when the Trinamool came to power in 2011.

Known as an upright officer, he was made the principal secretary in the urban development in 2010 by the then Left Front government.

While after coming to power, Mamata Banerjee replaced most of the officers from the departments they were holding until May 2011, Sen was one of the few bureaucrats who were left untouched.

On top of it, he was made the chairman-cum-managing director of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), a post that was reserved for the urban development minister during the Left regime.

In the new order issued today, Sen only remains the chairman-cum-managing director of HIDCO and the chairman of the Naba Diganta Industrial Township Authority. The latter looks after the infrastructure and development issues pertaining to Salt Lake Sector-V and the adjoining areas.

In his place, 1997 batch IAS officer Onkar Singh Meena has been made the secretary of the urban development and municipal affairs department.