Face the Nation – FTN: Ashok Khemka transferred again: Are repeated transfers of officers destroying the civil services?

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Sagarika Ghose, CNN-IBN | Apr 15, 2013 at 11:29pm

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka hit the headlines last October when he pointed to irregularities in a land deal between Sonia Gandhi’s son in law Robert Vadra and real estate giant DLF. Khemka has always acted as a whistleblower of sorts and has been transferred 44 times, last week he was again transferred from his post for exposing a scam in the purchase of fungicides.

Guests: Smt Shailaja Chandra, Ex-IAS officer ; Sh. T. Subramanian, Ex-IAS officer; Sh. Ashok Khemka, IAS Officer and Anchor: Sagarika.

I come in at 12:30 Minute, 21:57 Minute .


6 thoughts on “Face the Nation – FTN: Ashok Khemka transferred again: Are repeated transfers of officers destroying the civil services?

    pritish said:
    April 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Mam with due respect….do you think if this guys follows the procedure as told by you…will it change anything?….rather i feel media is the best place he can go to atleast he is shaming the government which might force them to take some action….but then even that is highly unlikely…but we poor people will again wait for 5 yrs..and hope the destiny of this nation changes.

      Shailaja Chandra responded:
      April 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      When you join higher Government services you undertake to abide by the conduct rules. Talking to the media about matters in which you have a direct official role is prohibited. If the powers that be refuse to listen you do not have a role left . Your role is to get on with the work assigned and not look for martyrdom through the media. If the Government, CBI, Anti-Corruption, refuse to act it is shameful but their apathy cannot be corrected by individual officers using the media. If one is so upset, one has to quit but not break the rules. We are in this mess because we refuse to follow the rule of law ourselves for getting a brief, place in the sun for one-self. That is not right. A lot of good can be still done if one is imaginative and dedicated.Positive outcomes matter more to good governance than flogging corruption through the media and that too in the name of humiliation! Shailaja

        Prakash Dhyani said:
        April 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Dear mam, as per the rule of law, a higher government official cannot criticize the policies of the government under which he/she is performing. But being as a citizen of this country, he is free to approach to any of the pillars of our democracy including media and judiciary

        Shailaja Chandra responded:
        April 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        I have shortened your comment to stick to the original point. I don’t think you have read the conduct rules. Serving officers cannot speak to the media on official matters. Their avenues for redress are through the state Chief Secretary, the CAT and the High Court. The programme I appeared on was not about death threats and this was never brought up as an issue. The subject was repeated transfers. Do read the discipline and appeal rules which apply to every government servant.

    Dev Mehta said:
    June 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I agree that you cant seek media martyrdom and take pride in getting transferred 44 times or so. You joined service to do some solid work, not to abdicate responsibilty in the process of getting transferred without doing any work.
    But I wont shun media if it concerns my own work. Further, I will alert, use media if I can prevent some wrong-with a caveat not reveal my name, thus avoiding cheap fame and abiding by service rule. In my experience the media has always obliged.

      Shailaja Chandra responded:
      June 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      I am so glad you agreed. It is difficult to convince the media who do not understand the behaviour and compulsions of certain kinds of officers who make a business out of exposing scams and unleashing their frustrations on peers and seniors as an alternative to making any solid contribution themselves. I had a hard time explaining the modus operandi adopted by these guys-every cadre has people like these and while everyone in the service knows their game they are glorified by those who do not know the machinations of bureucray. People see such people only in shades of black and white and do not understand their propensity to a lot of their scam -exposure business to get personal publicity or settle scores. No one would believe me -not even the former Cab Sec I am sorry to say !

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