This Week Haryana: Khemka transferred again

Ashok Khemka,the IAS officer shunted out of consolidation and land holdings after he had cancelled a land deal between DLF and Robert Vadra

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Published: April 23, 2013 12:39 am

Khemka transferred again

Ashok Khemka,the IAS officer shunted out of consolidation and land holdings after he had cancelled a land deal between DLF and Robert Vadra,has been transferred again,the 44th time in his career. Posted as managing director in the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation,he pointed out how the state government made a fungicide’s use mandatory for certification,a move that led to a public interest litigation in the high court. Then he lodged a complaint with the CBI alleging a scam in wheat seed purchase by his department. The government transferred him to archives days later. The government had defended his transfer out of consolidation and land holdings; this time it did not bother. His new position is one meant for an officer of a deputy secretary’s rank.

Attack on Dalit homes

Over 200 Dalit families have fled their homes in village Pabnawa of Kaithal district following an attack by members of the upper caste Ror community. This was after a Ror girl had eloped with a Dalit boy. They approached the high court and were given police protection,something that has now been provided to the village,too. The remaining Dalits are confined to a small area of the village while Rors on the warpath want them evicted. The district administration and the state government are trying to broker peace. The National Commission for SC/ST has asked the government to compensate the injured.

House’s ‘best’

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala has been named best legislator,an award initiated by the state government to encourage discipline and performance in the form of issues raised. While awarding Surjewala,the chief minister praised him for attending all sessions and with complete homework. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh,a shawl and a citation. Surjewala announced that he would give the money to outstanding students of five universities. He has been taking upon himself the task of defending the government against every opposition allegation in assembly sessions.

Excise collection

The excise and taxation department earned Rs 19,730.64 crore in 2012-13,after 18,077 crore in 2011-12,and has set a target of Rs 23,500 crore for 2013-14. Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry says to achieve that,a computer portal and 24-hour helpline would be set up. The minister said that after accounting for central sales tax compensation — around Rs 780 crore in 2010-11,none this year — the total additional revenue amounts to over Rs 2,400 crore this year,which is a record.

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