It's ‘my way or transfer’ for officers under Hooda govt

After Khemka, Kasni is the second officer who has alleged 'harassment' by the Haryana govt

seema

Seema Sindhu | August 1, 2014



After whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka, who was targeted by the Congress government of Haryana for cancelling a land deal between DLF and Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, it is bureaucrat Pradip Kasni’s turn to be at the receiving end.

Kasni, secretary, administrative reforms, alleged on July 29 that he had received threat messages from chief secretary SC Choudhary for questioning “hasty and unconstitutional” appointment of new information commissioners by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

According to administrative officials in the Haryana government, witch-hunting of “honest” bureaucrats is a norm in the Hooda regime.

Few officials, Governance Now spoke to, said Kasni is an upright and honest official, and the appointments were unconstitutional as certain members such as Rekha Rani were still holding offices of profit, and were not eligible to become information commissioners.

The officials also questioned the oath being administered at the CM residence by Hooda himself. Usually, the governor administers oath to commissioners at the Raj Bhawan.

Hooda administered the oath barely an hour after the new governor Kaptan Singh Solanki took charge.

Asked how it was working under Hooda, a Haryana government official said it was “either my way or transfer” to very low profile departments followed by ridiculous cases slapped against the rebel.

Kasni has been transferred 45 times in his 30-year career in the state. According to a Times of India report, Kasni was kept without posting for almost eight months. Also, the 1997 batch IAS officer was never given an opportunity to head any district as a deputy commissioner.

Khemka was also transferred within three days of cancelling a land dealing between the DLF and Vadra. In his 20-year-long career, Khemka was transferred 43 times, of which 18 happened during Hooda regime.

A few years ago, another young whistleblower, Indian forest service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi was “harassed” for unveiling scams in the forest department. He was charged with stealing a Kachnar tree during his tenure at Jhajjar.

Comments

 

Other News

INS Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy

 INS Kiltan, the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under project 28 (Kamorta class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.    The anti-submarine warfare stealth corvet

SAIL`s special grade steel used to build stealth corvette

Maharatna enterprise, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has supplied defence grade micro-alloyed grade of steel (DMR 249A) steel plates for the indigenously built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette INS-Kiltan commissioned into Indian Navy.    SAIL’s integ

The mapping of India

 This is the 250th year since the inception of the Survey of India that has been mapping the boundaries since 1767. Archana Mishra spoke to Dr Swarna Subba Rao, former surveyor general of India, who retired in June this year.  He joined the department as a deputy superintending surveyor in 1983 a

An ODF experiment that succeeded

An experiment carried out to make Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district Open Defecation Free (ODF) succeeded due to an official’s innovative approach, noted a World Bank blog.   The blog “Compressed demand”: How Uttar Pradesh is making sure rural sanitation subs

Finding a diplomatic way through political instability

As an emerging global power and the most powerful state in South Asia, India has been perennially concerned about protracted political instability and resultant social turmoil in Afghanistan during the past few decades. Indeed, India’s engagement in the realm of development cooperation, since the o

Kashmir’s Bloody Money Trail

Till the National Investigation Agency (NIA) caught up with him in Delhi on August 17, 70-year-old Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, a businessman, was indeed one of the most powerful persons in Kashmir valley. He was known to wield enormous clout in the corridors of power, both in Srinagar and Delhi. His influenc



Video

Dhanteras today, know subh muhurat for shopping and puja

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter