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West Bengal transfers health secretary amid row over COVID-19 numbers

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Vivek Kumar’s transfer to the Environment Department as secretary comes days after a row over the state’s COVID-19 data

The West Bengal government has transferred Health Secretary Vivek Kumar to the Environment Department. Narayan Swaroop Nigam, who was the Transport Secretary, has been named as his replacement, as per a notification dated May 11.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the government notification said that Kumar will take charge as Principal Secretary of the State’s Environment Department. “This is issued in the interest of public service,” the notification further read.

Kumar’s transfer to the Environment Department as secretary comes days after a row over the state’s COVID-19 data.

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