Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday downplayed the transfer of IAS officer Ashok Khemka, describing it as a “routine work.”
Responding to the media queries here, the CM said, “For a government, such transfers are a routine work. Following the routine, we post a person where we think he can deliver the best.”
Khemka, who was holding the charge as transport commissioner and secretary, transport department, was transferred for the 46th time in his career. He was among 9 bureaucrats transferred by the state government on Wednesday. Khemka has been shifted to the low-key archaeology and museums department.
When Khattar was reminded of the promises made by the BJP when it was in opposition that they will bring Khemka to the forefront in administrative work if it comes to ppwer, the CM said, “There is no forefront or backfoot in the government. The officers are placed where they are required. We have posted him as per our requirement”
PAINFUL MOMENT: KHEMKA
Upset by the decision, Khemka took onto to twitter to express his frustration. “Tried hard to address corruption and bring reforms in Transport despite severe limitations and entrenched interests. Moment is truly painful,” the IAS officer’s tweeted.
According to sources, the IAS officer’s working style was not going down well with some ministers in the Khattar government.
In the past, Khemka has claimed victimisation by the previous Congress government in Haryana after he highlighted land deals between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF.
VIJ BACKS IAS OFFICER
Pledging his support to Khemka, Haryana's health and sports minister Anil Vij tweeted, “I stand by Ashok Khemka. I will meet CM and will talk about his transfer.”