After the Haryana government on Sunday issued transfer and posting orders for nine IAS officers including that of Ashok Khemka, the 1991-batch senior bureaucrat on Tuesday expressed his distress on social media.
The Principal secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Ashok Khemka has been posted as principal secretary of Science and Technology Department, where he had been posted earlier as well.
Reacting on the transfer orders, Khemka took to his official Twitter account and said,
किसके हितों की रक्षा करूँ? तुम्हारा या उनका जिनका आप प्रतिनिधित्व का दावा करते हैं?
दम्भ है हमें पैरों तले रौंदोगे। शौक से, कई बार सहा है, एक बार और सही।
— Ashok Khemka (@AshokKhemka_IAS) March 5, 2019
In the transfer order issued by Chief Secretary DS Dhesi on Sunday, the government has not mentioned any reason behind the move. “A copy is forwarded to the officers concerned for information and necessary action.” Dhesi was not available for comments while Haryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik said, “He (Khemka) is a good man. I hope he brings new dimensions to science and technology in the state.”
This will be Khemka’s sixth transfer during current state BJP government which came to power in October 2014 in Haryana. This will be also be his 52th transfer during 27-year service as an IAS officer.