In a major development, West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been asked to report to Delhi with the centre directing the state government to relieve him immediately.
He has been asked to report to Department of Personnel and Training, North Block, New Delhi.
The move came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's review meeting on damage caused by cyclone Yaas which was skipped by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In its order, the DoPT said, "Approved the placement of Alapan Bandyopadhyay (West Bengal Chief Secretary) with the Government of India. Accordingly, the State Govt is requested to relieve him with immediate effect and direct him to report to the Dept of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Delhi by 31st May."
Alapan, an IAS officer, on whom the Chief Minister supposedly rely, was granted an extension for a period of three months, Mamata had said Monday.
The CM had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12, urging him to grant Bandyopadhyay an extension for at least six months in view of his experience of handling the COVID-19 pandemic, media reports earlier said.