You just go ahead to do all the difficult things in the world. If you overcome it then you can win, but in the battle of truth one has to fight for life. Winning does not come here. You just have to fight and all the bad forces become one to stop you.
This is the fear of the path of truth which prevents many officers from walking on it, but there are some officers who once turned out on this path, then they did not turn back. In these warriors of truth, the name of an officer is taken very prominently.
Ever since Ashok Khemka, a 1991 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer, became a part of the system, he has been constantly cleaning up the moss of corruption lying here with his integrity. The reward he received in exchange for this cleanliness was not less than any mental harassment, but in spite of this, he continued on this path.
So let us know today about IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who set the record for transfers:
What is the degree that IAS Khemka does not have
Born on 30 April 1965 in a middle-class family in Kolkata, Ashok Khemka raised his level of education to the summit. Ashok is not only an IAS officer, he is also a computer engineer and MBA degree holder. In 1988, he did engineering in computer science from IIT Kharakpur.
At that time he was the topper of his engineering batch. After this, Khemka received his PhD in Computer Science from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Even though Khemka had become a computer engineer but his goal was to become an IAS officer, so he turned his attention to civil services.
In 1991, Khemka was elected to the Civil Services and received the Haryana cadre. His first posting took place in 1993 at the post of Sub Divisional Magistrate in Narnaul, Haryana. Khemka’s education methods do not end here. Apart from being a computer engineer and IAS, Khemka also did MBA in Business Administration and Finance from Mumbai.
Along with this, he has also received MA in Economics and LLB from IGNOU.
Whatever the government may be, Ashok Khemka will not be deterred
Whichever the government may be, no one could stop Khemka from telling the truth. Whichever department he went to, he raised his voice against the fraud taking place there. Not only this, he is also known for spreading his voice directly to the public through social media. When Khemka got his first posting on September 1, 1993, the Chief Minister of Haryana was the self. Bhajanlal.
From the very beginning, Khemka’s attitude was rebellious. This was the reason that he was transferred 6 times during Bhajanlal’s tenure. Khemka could not stand more than a year on one of his posts. Many times, he was transferred within a few months. After Bhajanlal, Khemka was transferred 5 times even during Bansi Lal’s tenure.
At the same time, as Chief Minister of Om Prakash Chautila, he was changed 8 times and during the two-time tenure of Bhupedra Singh Hooda, he had to bear the brunt of 18 transfers. All these transfers happened only because Khemka would open the poles of the scams in whichever department he went to.
When did Ashok Khemka come in the headlines for the first time?
It was the year 2012 when for the first time the whole country became familiar with the name of this IAS. This time Khemka had put his hand from where it was natural for him to come in the eyes of everyone. In the same year, Khemka was appointed as the Director General of Land Consolidation and Land Record cum Inspector General of Registration of Haryana. Although he could remain in this post for only 80 days.
It is said that the reason was this. He laid his hands on Robert Vadra, son-in-law of the then ruling party president Sonia Gandhi. In fact, Khemka had exposed the ground scams of Gurgaon and its surroundings. Robert Vadra also signed a Gurgaon land deal.
According to media reports, the scam was between 20,000 crore and 350,000 crore. After Khemka’s allegations, the issue reached national level. Khemka also suffered the consequences of this tough decision for himself. First of all, he was transferred.
After this, the Haryana Seed Development Corporation complained of rigging in the same case, a case was also registered against him. Apart from this, he received threats to kill him, so separate. But even after all this, Khemka did not stop.
… and the process of non-stop transfers started
In his 28-year job, Khemka may not have seen the color of any of his houses properly. How difficult would it be for those children who could not complete their education in any one school? Unless the home furnishings are fully decorated in the new house, the order to replace the house will have arrived.
Yes! Ashok Khemka has faced all this in return for his truth and honesty. He has 53 transfers during his 28-year tenure. Khemka’s longest posting was 19 months and the shortest posting was a week. If it is calculated thickly, then every 6 months they are transferred.
How bad it would be when they would be given such a reward if they followed the law and rule. He was worried about his transfers but never gave up the path of honesty, fearing these. The opposition is always happy with Khemka, as they dig into the roots of whatever government they work for and continue to kill the termites of corruption.
In such a situation, the opposition parties have a lot of issues to throw up. But when the opposition comes to power, Khemka also becomes a pain for them. Overall, it can be said that Khemka is not close to anyone except his integrity and work. When Khemka canceled Robert Vadra’s Gurgaon land deal, it was Bhupendra Hooda’s government in Haryana.
Khemka gets into action mood as soon as he takes office
He was immediately transferred after this case. This was his 40th transfer in his 21-year term. Got a very simple idea. After this, when the BJP party came to power in Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar appointed Khemka as the Commissioner of important departments like Transport. But Khattar was probably unaware that Khemka would never calm down.
All they need is an opportunity to regret the roots of corruption. He got this opportunity as soon as he came to the transport department. Within a week of taking up his new assignment, Khemka again came into action mood and this time he smashed the truck mafia. Orders were ordered to seize trucks carrying overloading capacity and strict action against those who violated the Motor Vehicles Act.
The result was that the truck owners went on strike. In lieu of this strike, all the orders of Khemka were canceled and he was transferred again. This time Khemka was posted in the Department of Archeology and Museums. Khemka had to face a lot of stress due to the honesty he received.
He kept his pain in front of the public through an equal tweeter. After the transfer from the Transport Department, he tweeted on April 2, 2015, “Despite serious allegations, the Transport Department tried hard to eradicate corruption and bring reforms. But this time is painful.”
Similarly, after his 53rd transfer, Khemka tweeted on 27 November 2019, “Transferred. Returned there again. Tomorrow, Constitution Day was celebrated. Today the Supreme Court order and rules were broken once more. Some will be happy. . The last destination that felt. Prize of honesty Jalalat. “
When Ashok Khemka’s spirit was saluted
By the way, how many times Ashok Khemka was awarded transfers in exchange for his honesty. You have already known this, but there have been some such organizations who saluted their spirit. In 2011, he was awarded the SR Jindal Award for waging a crusade against corruption and was awarded a prize money of 10 lakh.
Along with this, he was also honored by the Manjunath Shanmungam Trust for public welfare works. Two journalists from Delhi have also written a book on the life of Ashek Khemka. Bhavdeep Kang and Namita Kala’s book Just Transformed-a-Untold Story of Ashok Khemka highlights all aspects of Khemka that were not yet exposed to the common man.
However, awards do not matter for a person like Khemka. They consider their work as their duty. This is the reason why he did not let his voice against corruption slow down after facing opposition from his colleagues, even after receiving threats or being transferred again and again.
Officers like Ashok Khemka are those hopes, on the basis of which we are able to hope that in the time to come, they will see more and more officers who will fight corruption without fear. Also, one day we will make this country and its system clean.
Officers like Khemra are suppressed because they are so few in number. But if some other officer like him becomes part of this system, then to whom and where will the government be transferred?