|Khemka: Punished for taking on Vadra?|
state chief secretary PK Chaudhery has insisted that transfer is the "prerogative of the government" and Khemka was transferred for “administrative reasons”. Khemka’s transfer would have passed as yet another routine exercise had DLF-Robert Vadra deals not remained such a hot topic for discussion in TV studios and outside.
Khemka is a PhD in computer science, MBA in finance and MA in economics. But today, he has become the darling of social media not because of his remarkable educational qualifications but for his courage to take on real estate and political lobbies. “Proud of you Mr. Khemka. You brought tears to my eyes. India is proud of you. Wish India had more bureaucrats like you…” says one post in Twitter. Harvard MBA-turned IAS officer Srivatsa Krishna posted on Twitter: “...there are many Ashok Khemkas in IAS. The media sadly only likes to focus on those who make money”.
Khemka has never come to Central deputation so far. In Haryana, he has worked in dozens of departments including information technology, fisheries, housing, AIDS control, finance, planning, land administration, rural development, land use, supplies and disposal, social justice and empowerment, consolidation land holdings just to name a few. He also served as the MD of Warehousing Corporation Ltd and Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation (HARTRON).
Khemka, an IIT product, has also brought out nine publications in the field ranging from WTO to food procurement. He was also awarded by Manjunath Shanmugam Trust Commendation in 2009 for his public service.
Prominent IAS officers from Haryana cadre include CVC Pradeep Kumar and finance secretary RS Gujral.
My First Day In Bureaucracy
“Got my first independent charge today in Himatnagar Collectorate. Signed several files & made notings. Feels gr8 2 exercise power through pen”, writes Ajay Prakash, a 2011 batch Gujarat cadre IAS.