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‘Achche din’ for Khemka, Kasni

‘Achche din’ for Khemka, Kasni
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Haryana\'s upright bureaucrats, who faced bad days for opposing the outrageous decisions of the previous Congress government, are about to experience “achche din”.

Gurgaon: Haryana's upright bureaucrats, who faced bad days for opposing the outrageous decisions of the previous Congress government, are about to experience “achche din”.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has shuffled the bureaucratic machinery by showering prominent departments on the officers who were not only ignored but also victimised by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led previous government.
Ashok Khemka and Pradeep Kasni
Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka was charge-sheeted besides being posted as secretary, archives department and director general, archives, considered of less importance. He has seen 45 transfers during his 24 year-career. Khemka shot into the national limelight after he cancelled the mutation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, besides exposing a number of scams. He has now been posted as the new transport commissioner and secretary, transport department.

However, the officer is facing a number of challenges. Haryana Roadways is deep in the red and has been a loss-making corporation.

The corporation's employees are known for striking work at the drop of a hat. Scores of grounded state transport buses will be another challenge which he will have to face.

Sources say spare parts of the roadways buses have been reported missing for some time, but the previous government did not do much to nail the guilty.

Another senior bureaucrat who has been given a plum post is Pradeep Kasni. A 1977-batch senior IAS officer, he was in the news in July this year when he refused to become Hooda’s rubber stamp by refusing to sign the appointment letters of commissioners appointed hurriedly by the chief minister.

He had questioned Hooda’s extra constitutional authority, which he had used to appoint two information commissioners and three commissioners of the Right to Service Commission. Questioning Hooda’s authority to appoint the information commissioners and the manner in which the oath was administered, he dared to refuse the chief minister - for which the then chief secretary S.C. Chaudhary issued him with threats.

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