Mamata Banerjee, no longer holds the position of the Union Railway Minister yet she is dependent on the team of officials of the Union Railway Ministry to discharge her administrative responsibilities as the Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Mamata Government has roped in several officials who have earlier worked for the railways. The last person in the list is J.K. Saha, the former executive director of the railways who has come to the state on three-years deputation. He has taken charge as the special secretary in the state transport department on January 11.
The state government's dependence on the rail officials to run the administration has created a commotion among the state government officials who are reeling under this onslaught. "The chief minister has formed her core team with the officials she brought in, from the railways. It seems that either she has no faith on us or she does not have confidence on us. It is more of a insult for us," said a senior state government official.
However, sources close to CM revealed that since as the Railway Minister, she had worked with these officials, she has brought the entire team to the state to make speedy implementation of her promises. Mamata Banerjee assumed the office of the CM in May 2011. Since then she has brought several railway officials to the Writers' Buildings in, one after another.
Secretary to the CM, Gautam Sanyal had earlier served the railway ministry when Banerjee was the Rail Minister. The CM's two confidential assistants, Ratan Mukherjee and S. Ashok, were also brought in. In addition, the core security team of the CM still consists of RPF personnel who have come to West Bengal on deputation from Railway Board. "Even, the new state government has brought in IRCTC to run the canteens at Writers' Buildings. The RITES, another railways company, has been getting almost all the consultancy jobs of the state government," a state government official said.