Kasni shifted for error that almost cost Hry Rs 500 cr

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 30, 2014 08:39 IST

Barely a month after he was posted as Gurgaon divisional commissioner, 1997-batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer Pradeep Kasni was transferred on Monday for an error in computing land compensation that would have cost the state government Rs 500 crore.

His fresh posting orders will be issued later. Rohtak divisional commissioner Rajeev Ranjan will take the additional charge of Gurgaon on Monday itself. Sources said that Kasni had been shunted out for working out wrong compensation for a land that was once being acquired for Manesar Bawal Investment Region (MBIR).

Rewari deputy commissioner RC Verma and subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Ravinder Yadav are also being shifted, the source has said. The compensation worked out under Kasni's guidance would have caused the government a huge loss if it had gone ahead with the acquisition. The compensation had been calculated in complete violation of the rules, and chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and industries minister Captain Abhimanyu were annoyed about it, said officials.

The council of ministers had last week decided not to acquire the 3,664 acres and four kanals in 16 villages for the investment region in Rewari district. A committee of industries minister Capt Abhimanyu, public works department minister Rao Narbir Singh, and minister of state for co-operation Bikram Singh Yadav was constituted to discuss the issue with the farmers concerned.

After detailed discussions with the land owners and area representatives, the committee recommended that the option of acquiring less fertile land at other places along the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor could be explored.

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