Just before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee embarked on an 11-day tour of Spain and Dubai, 31 IPS and 20 IAS officers were reshuffled.
Additionally, a cabinet reshuffle had taken place on Monday (11 September).
Of the 20 IAS officers who were transferred, 13 of them held the position of district magistrates.
The reshuffling also affected the commissioners of police in Siliguri and the deputy inspector generals (DIGs) in Jalpaiguri, Murshidabad, Bankura, Barasat, headquarters, and Purulia ranges.
Prior to her departure for Spain, Banerjee announced that Home Secretary and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Secretary B P Gopalika would oversee the entire administration in the absence of Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi, who accompanied her.
These transfer orders were reportedly approved by the Chief Minister just before her trip.
The reshuffling has impacted a total of 13 districts, with district magistrates being swapped between the northern and southern districts.
According to a senior state administration official, the transfers were made without any special consideration.
Some officers were promoted and transferred, while others were transferred due to their long tenure in their previous positions.
The official also mentioned that these transfers were made before the announcement of the Lok Sabha election, and similar transfers of long-term district magistrates and superintendents of police were also made.
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