Who is Ashok Khemka IAS?
Ashok Khemka (अशोक खेमका) is an Indian career civil servant. He is an Indian Administrative Service officer of 1991 batch. He is best known for cancelling the mutation of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s illegal land deal in Gurgaon.
As of November 2019, he has been transferred 53 times in 28 years by state governments after he exposed corruption in the departments he was posted in.
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Ashok Khemka IAS Biography, Wiki
Ashok Khemka was born in Kolkata, India. He was born in a lower middle class family. His father was a clerk in a jute family. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1988 with a B.Tech degree in Computer Science Engineering and followed it up with a Ph.D in Computer Science from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and an MBA degree in Business Administration and Finance.
Thereafter, he gave his IAS exams and got selected in the Haryana cadre. He also holds an MA Economics degree from IGNOU. He is currently a degree candidate for Bachelor of Laws at Panjab University.
|Born||30 April 1965 (age 56)|
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Education||B.Tech in Computer Science and EngineeringPh.D in Computer ScienceMBA in Business Administration and FinanceMaster of Arts in EconomicsLL.B.|
|Alma mater||IIT Kharagpur|
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Indira Gandhi National Open University
|Employer||Government of India|
|Organization||Indian Administrative Service|
|Known for||IAS officer who cancelled the mutation of Robert Vadra –DLF land deal.|
|Awards||S R Jindal Prize in 2011 for “Crusade against Corruption”|
Ashok Khemka IAS Career
Khemka belongs to the 1991 batch IAS of the Haryana Cadre. He has been repeatedly transferred by various state governments in his home cadre of Haryana after he exposed corruption in the departments he was posted in.
Transfers under Khattar regime
The transfers continued under the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party government which came to power in 2014. Khemka was made the transport commissioner in November 2014. But after he launched a drive against overloading and oversized goods vehicles, the truck owners went on strike. His moves to end long existing monopolies controlling private bus operations in the state by opening up private operations to Haryana’s unemployed youth also provoked a strike by the state transport undertaking (STU) unions. He was transferred to the archaeology and museums department in April 2015.
Vadra Land Deal
The State Government constituted an Inquiry Committee of three senior IAS officers to nail Khemka on the cancellation of Vadra’s land deal in village Sikhohpur (Gurgaon). Khemka responded to the report of the Inquiry Committee in his Comments to the State Government which is divided into 8 Chapters. The specific land deal of Robert Vadra is detailed in Chapter 6.
Ashok Khemka IAS Awards
He was awarded the S.R. Jindal Prize in 2011 for “Crusade against Corruption” with a cash prize of Rs. 10 Lakhs along with Sanjiv Chaturvedi for his efforts in exposing corruption in high places. He also received the Manjunath Shanmugam Trust Commendation on Public Works in 2009.