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GTA selects Gautam Ghosh for principal secretary

GTA headquarters, Lalkothi
The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has accepted a name from the list proposed by the state government for the post of GTA principal secretary that has been lying vacant since the previous incumbent resigned on May 30.
Earlier, the GTA had rejected the state government’s proposal of two names for the post of principal secretary. The state government had proposed the names of Barun Roy and Gautam Ghosh and had accordingly forwarded the nominations to the GTA on June 19. However, the GTA had rejected both individuals and on June 26 had asked the state government to name more candidates as it felt just two names were not adequate to choose from.
According to GTA sources, the state government had cited its inability to add more names to the list.
“The chief secretary had expressed inability to add more names due to lack of competent officers and had requested the GTA to choose from the two names proposed,” the sources said.
One of the sources said the GTA intimated to the state government last week agreeing to Ghosh’s name for the post of principal secretary.
“A letter was sent to the state government a week back approving Ghosh’s name for the post of GTA principal secretary,” the source said.
Ghosh is currently the director general of (Ayush) health department and is expected to take charge this month.
It may be recalled that the GTA had moved Calcutta High Court when the state government had proposed just one name. Following this, the state government had been obliged to forward the names of four IAS officers. Accordingly, RD Meena had been selected from the list.
After Meena retired on May 30, the state government asked Manoj Agarwal, secretary of the North Bengal Development Department, to take temporary charge of the GTA.(EOIC)

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