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Kolkata: A retired judge of the Calcutta High Court has taken up an assignment of the Bengal government on the condition that he will not accept any remuneration or allowance for rendering the service.

The judge concerned is justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee, who retired from the High Court about two years ago. After the state government approached to take over as chairman of the West Bengal Commission for Backward Classes, he gave nod but on the condition that it will be voluntary service on his part.

The government agreed to the condition and thus the 64-year-old retired judge was appointed at the helm of the quasi-judicial body that looks after issues pertaining to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other backward class people living in the state.

Justice Banerjee assumed charge as chairman of the West Bengal Commission for Backward Classes on 3 November. The Commission office is located at Salt Lake.

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