Anil Vij, Haryana minister for health, sports and youth affairs, wrote on Twitter pledging support for IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was among 9 bureaucrats transferred by the state government on Wednesday.
मैं आज भी अशोक खेमका के साथ हूँ । मैं मुख्यमंत्री जी से मिल कर अशोक खेमका के तबादले बारे में बात करूं गा ।
— ANIL VIJ Hr Minister (@anilvijmantri) April 2, 2015
Vij also promised to talk to Chief Minister ML Khattar over the issue.
Earlier in the day, Khemka, who was transferred for the 46th time in his career, tweeted that the decision was truly painful for him.
Tried hard to address corruption and bring reforms in Transport despite severe limitations and entrenched interests. Moment is truly painful
— Ashok Khemka, IAS (@AshokKhemka_IAS) April 1, 2015
The Haryana government had issued transfer and posting orders for nine IAS officers, including Khemka, and one HCS officer on Wednesday.
Khemka was holding charge as Transport Commissioner and Secretary, Transport Department. He was transferred as Secretary and Director General in the Archaeology and Museums Department, a posting that is considered defunct among bureaucratic circles.
Sources said that a minister in the Khattar government was “not happy” with Khemka’s style of functioning and wanted him moved out.
Khemka had claimed victimisation by the previous Congress government after he brought to the fore land deals between Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF. He was brought into the mainstream by the BJP government when he was moved from archives department to transport.
A couple of days ago, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij had openly supported Khemka in a tweet — a first by any minister of the Haryana government.
Meanwhile, S S Dhillon, who enjoyed coveted postings during the previous Congress government in Haryana, seems to have found favour with the current government as well. The Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism and Archaeology and Museums Departments, has been posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Transport and Civil Aviation Department.
A confidant of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Dhillon got plum postings during the Congress’s 10-year regime.