1991 BATCH Haryana cadre IAS Ashok Khemka who hit the headlines in 2012 for canceling the mutation of a multi-crore land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty company DLF, says he is currently holding a low rank post which is “humiliating”. His statement which he had posted in Twitter on Wednesday assumes significance as Vadra figured in BJP’s elections campaign both in the run-up to the Lok Sabha poll and Haryana assembly elections, and Khemka — the bureaucrat who ordered probe in Vadra’s land deal, thereby indirectly (not intentionally) helping the BJP to dislodge the incumbent Congress government, became a big star among the BJP supporters and common people. Now, there is a BJP government in Haryana, but Khemka’s Achche Din is yet to arrive. Khemka said:“Awaiting posting on promotion for last 3 months. Holding a lower rank post is humiliating”. He further posted in Twitter that it’s like “a Lt Gen forced to hold post of Brigadier”.
Khemka, who also came to fame because of frequent transfers, is currently a principal secretary to Government of Haryana and handles archaeology and museum department, considered not so significant among bureaucrats. According to a Wikipedia post, Khemka has been transferred 45 times so far.
Born in Kolkata, he did computer engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, and later completed his PhD in computer science from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He has two other degrees— MA in economics and MBA.
In 2011, Khemka was awarded the SR Jindal Prize for “Crusade against Corruption” along with another bureaucrat, Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
Yes, Khemka has become a newsmaker because of his crusade against corruption, but he has failed to get any good posting irrespective of whether the Congress or the BJP is in power in Haryana or Delhi. He was not welcomed in a Central deputation too.
Khemka in an earlier interview said, he is inspired by renewed poet Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore wrote in the following song: “Jodi tor daak shune keu naa aashe, tobey ekla cholo re (If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone).
Khemka’s lonely journey continues.