Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to take a call on senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka’s fresh posting shortly. According to well-placed sources, Chief Minister is keen to rehabilitate Khemka in a way where his potential is properly utilised. A section of BJP leaders are also in favour of giving a respectable department, as his recent transfer has sent out the message that Khemka was transferred under pressure from Transport Minister Rambilash Sharma, who was one of the key claimants to the top slot along with Health Minister Anil Vij, but the party’s central leadership opted for Khattar, an RSS confidant. “Khemka may get a new posting shortly,” said sources, privy to the development.
Khemka, who had last week met Haryana Governor Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki after his transfer, on Thursday met Khattar. It is said that the officer spent nearly 40 minutes with Khattar Thursday morning. When asked to comment on this matter, Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Amit Arya said: “It was a routine meeting.”
In a tweet, shortly after the meeting, Khemka wrote: “Three types of karmas we see today very well portrayed in the great epic Mahabharata, illustrated by Duryodhana, Bhishmapitamah and Arjuna.” However, the bureaucrat could not be reached to throw light on what transpired in Thursday’s meeting with Chief Minister Khattar or elaborate on his latest tweet. Khemka on Wednesday had objected to being called a ‘whistle blower,’ saying that he did what was expected of him as public servant. Days after he was handed down another transfer, the 49-year-old IAS officer in a tweet on Wednesday had said: “Hurt when labelled whistle-blower officer.” Known for being upright, he had also mentioned in the tweet that he was only performing his duties. “I do what is expected of public servants. Not doing so would be misconduct,” he said.