The Haryana government on Thursday transferred Ashok Khemka, managing director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC), and posted him as secretary, archives department. He has replaced Vikas Yadav.
A non-IAS officer, BS Duggal, additional director, agriculture (extension), has been posted in Khemka's place.
Khemka has been in news recently for various reasons. He raked up the issue of sale of Raxil fungicide by the HSDC. Khemka was asked by agriculture minister Paramvir Singh to explain the reasons for no sale of about 87, 000 quintal of certified wheat seed worth Rs. 22 crore during 2012-13 rabi season. The board of directors (BoD) of the HSDC had, in a recent meeting, taken exception to his decision of ordering abolition of posts in the corporation without the board's prior approval and advised him not to exercise the powers of the board in future. Moreover, the IAS officer entered into a war of words with a number of senior functionaries.
Khemka was posted as the MD, HSDC, in October 2012. In his previous posting as the director general, consolidation of holdings, he had ordered cancellation of mutation of 3.5 acre in Gurgaon's Shikohpur village which was sold by Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra to real estate developer DLF. His orders, however, were never given effect. A three-member inquiry committee that probed into the matter found that orders issued by Khemka was "inappropriate and without jurisdiction".
When contacted for his comment, Khemka said he had nothing to say.