Anil Pushpagandhan, Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government has let go the services of Chandana Chakraborty, wife of retired former secretary, department of economics service, Ministry of Finance, Aatnu Chakraborty. A controversy had erupted over her appointment as HR Advisor to Gujarat Venture Finance Limited (GVFL). A complaint in this connection was also sent to the PMO as well as the CMO.
Gujarat-cadre IAS officer Atanu Chakraborty had recently retired as the secretary department of economics in April this year from the Centre. A complaint had alleged that his wife Chandana had been appointed as HR Advisor despite not having the qualifications. The complaint said that Chandana had a master degree in political science and not HR. It alleged that the position was given to her in 2007 as her husband was then the MD of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, (GSFC). It alleged that since then her contract had been renewed despite her not having the qualifications for the post.
The complaint also said that she continued to get regular increments in salary. In the year 2016, when Atanu Chakraborty was sent on deputation to Delhi, his wife followed him there. The complaint further alleges that despite not being in state her appointment continued with only a nominal deduction in her salary.
Interestingly, as an advisor she had to mandatorily visit the office for at least 12 days a month but she never visited even once between 2016 and 2020 yet her appointment continued, the complaint had stated.
After the letter was sent to the CMO and the PMO, the government decided to let go of her service. The industry department asked GVCL to end her contract on June 30. GVCL MD Sanjay Randhar when asked about the organisation letting go off Chandana Chakraborty’ service said,
“I don’t know you and hence will not answer your questions.”