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Khemka shifted again as he exposes seedy deal

Chander Suta Dogra
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Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka during a press conference in Chandigarh. File photo
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Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka during a press conference in Chandigarh. File photo

Is the transfer done to prevent him from spilling beans before court?

Ashok Khemka, an IAS officer in Haryana who was transferred in October last for cancelling an allegedly irregular land deal between Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and DLF, was again shifted on Thursday amid a raging controversy over irregularities in the Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) that he unearthed during his short tenure of five months as its head.

Mr. Khemka, a Secretary in the Haryana government, was replaced by B.S. Duggal, a Deputy Secretary five ranks below him, without being given a written order. He was told to download his transfer order from the Internet and proceed as Secretary, Archives Department.

In recent weeks, Mr. Khemka had earned the ire of the government for exposing an alleged scam in the purchase of a fungicide Raxil, for treatment of wheat seeds from Bayer Crop Science. In March, he registered a complaint with the CBI but the government rejected it saying “he was not competent to do so”.

PIL plea in court

A fortnight ago, a Bhiwani-based NGO, the Bhiwani Sudhar and Vikas Samiti filed a PIL petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, alleging the same irregularities and demanding a CBI probe. The court issued notice to the State government, the Union Agriculture Secretary, the Central Insecticide Board, the HSDC and the Haryana Agriculture University (HAU), for April 12. Samiti president Pawan Kumar Anchar told The Hindu: “Since Mr. Khemka in his capacity as MD of HSDC was to give his reply to the notice, the government was unnerved that he would present the true picture before the court. This is why he has been transferred in such a hurry.” Dr. Duggal, who replaced Mr. Khemka and will be replying to the court’s notice, is a party in the case because he was a member of the 11-member committee that took the decision to purchase Raxil in October 2010.

The matter relates to purchase of Raxil used for treatment of Flag Smut, Loose Smut and Karnal Bunt in wheat seeds, at a higher rate without tendering, and then being sold to farmers on subsidy. The problem is that Raxil is not certified for treatment of Karnal Bunt by the Central Insecticide Board and the Registration Committee and this was admitted to by Bayer. Since 2010-2011 the Haryana Agriculture department had made use of Raxil 2 per cent DS compulsory for treatment of wheat seeds as a pre-condition for their certification and it is being sold to farmers with the assurance that it would control Karnal Bunt (a fungal disease) also. Its use was, however, recommended by the HAU.

The government spent Rs. 60 crore to buy 150 tonnes of Raxil for three years.

In a recent letter to the Financial Commissioner Agriculture Mr Roshan Lal, Mr. Khemka had pointed out, “Even after the use of Raxil on 15 lakh hectares of wheat crop in the State for three consecutive years, the HAU or Bayer Crop Science has not obtained registration of Raxil for treatment of Karnal bunt, on the basis of field results. The use of public money for purchase of this weedicide for treatment of Karnal bunt, too, is an offence under Section 29 of the Insecticides Act, 1968.”

It was humiliating, says Khemka

PTI reports

Ashok Khemka, IAS officer in Haryana, who was transferred again on Thursday, said it was not a routine transfer.

Asked if he was being targeted, he said, “I guess so. It was not a routine transfer. It was a one-off transfer.”

“And the transfer this time was quite humiliating. At 3:30 p.m, an officer of the rank of Under Secretary of the government, at least five levels below me, appeared with an order of the Principal Secretary of the Agriculture, appointing him as the MD of the Corporation and asked me to step down,” Mr. Khemka told news channels.

“It was surprising as the order did not come from the Chief Secretary or delivered to me... I am surprised that such a junior officer, whose name was in a couple of scams busted in this organisation, has been appointed,” he said.

I think the Haryana Gov is in a mission to clean up all the depts,
and thats why they are pushing around Mr Khemka. A 5-month in each
dept and the officers in that dept will start feeling the pressure.
Lets see what he discovers in the "Archives Department".
Way to go Mr Khemka.

from:  vinod
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 13:43 IST

If anybody thinks they can change the world by their effort and
honesty...... may be false. No public policy is not possible except
collective action. Lets find such a political party who can lead us
through struggle against such corrupt-capitalist system.

from:  Binay Kolkata
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 01:55 IST

It is highly pathetic that a genuine IAS officer is being kicked around
for being honest. Instead of encouraging officers of his calibre to put
things straight, the corrupt politicians (even those at the helm) resort
to malpractices.

from:  laxmi
Posted on: Apr 6, 2013 at 01:22 IST

@ VMSharma- we Indians dont portray PM as a clean person. On the other hand he himself portrays himself as a clean person or rather tries hard to.

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 15:10 IST

This appears to be a case of systematic and gross abuse of power of
transfer. Supreme Court must intervene and into all aspect of this
matter. State Government must give detailed explanation why Ashok
Khemka was transferred. If such honest and brave officers are punished
and humiliated like such manner, people especially young, brave and
honest officers will loos faith in rule of law. Transfer policy must
be reviewed. Whistle-blower protection bill must be passed at the
earliest to provide protection to such brave officers. Secured tenure
of at least two years to I.A.S. officers must be assured. Hats off to
THE HINDU for consistency and courage in reporting such matter.

from:  B.Prakash
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 14:15 IST

One needs a lot of Dharmic strength to lead a honest life nowadays.Let
God shower his blessings on this IAS officer.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 13:25 IST

@VMNsharma: You are still believing our PM to come to this poor man
risque never!. If we are a foolish one then only we can believe on him.
Otherwise as you said the only hope is that competent courts have to
initiate a suo moto case against this corrupted Haryana Govt.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 12:46 IST

How come such a qualified man’s roles and responsibilities can be influenced by these dirty politics and politicians looking at these one thought come to mind our constitution is old that it cannot handle the present day scenarios where the whole of the power rests in politicians. though we have many dept. CBI, UPSC etc.,.everyone is controlled by the ruling party none is independent any action taken by them has to be approved by the govt. the only independent body in India is EC and it comes into play only once in 5 years. It’s high time we take initiatives to reconstruct our constitution by involving all the top heads from different dept. SC,UPSC,EC,heads of national political parties etc..
The existing constitution may have served the purpose of the scenarios prevailed at the time it was framed but with the changing times it did not change. Though there were many amendments still the more power rests with the politicians lacking balance of power.

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 12:17 IST

Salute to Khemka for his honesty. Don't worry sir, your son and daughter
will be treated as martyr kids in society. You are true hero in every
sense. Salute again.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 11:58 IST

Thanks for publishing this. Hope the PM, Indians portray as a clean person, reads this and takes some action. What stops even the courts from initiating a suo motu case against the Haryana Govt which apparently is harassing this honest bureaucrat? I only wonder why, even after reporting myriads of scams in UPA regime, The Hindu more than balances them by inundating us with anti-Modi editorials and columns!

from:  VMNsharma
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 10:23 IST

An honest and dauntless IAS officer has been made an element of mockery by frequent and unethical transfers. Activists and IAS association (if it really cares)must demand an explanation from govt. After all, Mr Khemhka did not joined this force to be treated like this. TV Media should make it an issue to be looked seriously upon (I really have regards for THE HINDU which is reporting all this consistently)

from:  Gaurav Nagori
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 IST

I salute Mr. Khemka for his integrity & braveness. I also salute his family who is supporting him through his 20yrs of hard career as IAS officier. Khemka, an IIT topper and a Phd could have given up IAS and moved on to highly paid private sector. He willingness to face the challenge against all odds is the aspiration to youngsters who wish to pursue IAS as a career.
I wish Haryana High Court or SC take this as su motto case and give some relief to this great soul.
Thanks to "The Hindu" in bringing these to light.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 10:07 IST

The last paragraph("such a junior officer, whose name was in a couple of
scams busted") itself explains everything about the present days
happening. Spending my nights without sleep on finding a solution for
these kind of issues. God help me sorry us(citizens of india).

from:  Karthick
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 09:50 IST

Thanks Hindu for showomg this story.
Please keep following this.

from:  suersh kumar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 09:17 IST

Mr. Khemka, is person with integrity. There are very very few such individuals as true public servants to the Govt, others are just a character that occupies seat to carry out any job (official or unofficial) whether in the interest of nation or general public at large. Any committee or commission primary function is to buy more & more time to loose out importance of time & matter becomes irrelevant to consider down the time. Will prey to the God to prosper him with good noble thoughts and will power to fight against evils of society.

from:  Chetan
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 09:14 IST

Khemka Sir we salute you.. Please don't give up.. Because of the officiers like you India was not sold...

from:  jeeva
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 09:12 IST

Khemka gives me hope that there are still people who bloom into lillies in the dirty marsh called Government Offices, which are simply a system of corrupt, non-patriotic hooligans looting the motherland for their own worldly luxuries.

from:  Aravind
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 09:08 IST

'THE HINDU' Newspaper, proved it again by truly unearthing the real picture of INDIAN politicians and pathetic political situation. The best work of government servents like 'Ashok Khemka' would never get recognised in country where dirty politics diminishes the Anti-Corruption supporting citizens like honourable IAS officer ''Ashok Khemka'. We will all support your effort and vote for best politician for a change in coming years. Cheers. "THE HINDU".

from:  Kumaran sankar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:58 IST

It is humiliating that a honest civil servant has been transferred
without giving any information,shame on the government that such
honest officer faces problem,thanks to hindu that he still alive the
story of warrior Khemka.

from:  KUMAR ASHISH
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:34 IST

It is the fate of the country?? Those who are want to have principles
and follow the same become unwanted.

from:  krishnamurthi vedhantham
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:18 IST

How is it possible that right under the nose of 125 Crore people, the honest officers
,who are really capable of caring about the nation, are getting mauled by vultures
and everyone is just sitting ducks. Can it be that corruption has mutated Indian
people genes?

from:  Vinci
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:15 IST

The Punjab and Harayana High Court shoud call Mr Knemka to depose before it as a special witness.
The Haryana adminstration was never clean and the current adminstration is ensuring that every Officer or Clerk become the collecting agent for their political masters. The IAS Officers Association should take up the issue of Mr Khemka.
Officer is not a chatel of the politician.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:06 IST

A CBI enquiry must be conducted against this kind of actions motivated
with corruption. Mr. Khemka must move to court instead of accepting this
transfer and must complete the job he has already started in the Seed
Development Corporation of cleaning its dirt.

from:  Ramesh Singh
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 08:05 IST

This clearly show how Congress party and its decision maker manipulate
the system. This is not new to India. We need to understand and
investigate how they have successfully dealt with similar issue over the
past 65 years. Hope my fellow Indians understand and show the courage to
fight against these issue. We can clearly see that people of this
country are used to these kind of things and are not bothered. I think,
selfishness is the motivation behind.

from:  Pramesh Shetty
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 07:57 IST

What are the PM,Ms.Sonia Gandhi and Mr.Rahul Gandhi doing in Delhi when right under their noses the Haryana CM and others are openly engaging in corruption?Their silence creates a doubt in the minds of the people whether they are also party to the nefarious goings on in Haryana.Wake up Mr.PM,Mrs.Gandhi and Mr.Rahul.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 07:43 IST

Khemka's deeds r laudable. He is fearless and honest person. I salute him.

from:  sudhir patil
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 07:15 IST

Congtarulations Mr.B.S. Duggal. You have difficult task of justifying the unjustifiable. What Mr Khemka unearthed is an act of treason against the farmers. You have to prove that it was an act of patriotism. Conscience must not come in between.

from:  R C Rajpal
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 06:53 IST

I am surprised to see that IAS is a top most position in our
bureaucratic system and this system has no union to protect such
incident and in turn protect the sanctity of such highly respected
designation. I would pray for Mr. Khemka and his family for strength and
ability to represent the common mass.

from:  Rupesh K. Agrawal
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 06:31 IST

What more could you expect from not so honest politico-beaurocratic system.

from:  Tilak
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 05:22 IST

Hats off to The Hindu keep telling the truth....not like other
newspapers who dare to write about him...

from:  abhishek
Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 at 02:02 IST

Thanks for reporting this. Your newspaper stands out from others when it comes to news regarding corruption. Please continue the good work.

from:  Siddhartha
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 23:53 IST

How can we help?
What can we do?
How can be make this honest man's efforts be heard?

from:  Rukmini
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 23:25 IST

Corruption and thivery has become part of Indian DNA. We should start thinking on how we can ensure that Justice is delivered to honest officer's like Mr Khemka who are working in the corrupt system, i also applaud Hindu's spirit in reporting the facts without any hesitation.

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 23:25 IST

I am regular reader of "The Hindu" and admire the quality of this news
paper. I never seen 10-20 comments on any post so far. Happy to see
people responding on Honest Office Mr. Khemka.
I expect "The Hindu", to cover all stories against corruption.

from:  Kishor S
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 22:57 IST

This is the same case with another IAS officer Mr. Saghayam in
Tamilnadu.As another common man am losing the hope in the Governance of
Mother India.

from:  Raja
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 22:28 IST

Thinking that we are indians, having so much culture of
Vedas,Puranaas, great people like Ram,Krishna,Father of Nation Gandhi
Ji....are we still feel we are India.HOODA has crossed all scamsters
including Chautala,Bhajanlal only to prove how lowly he can stoop
too.it is not for the trust and belief in MODI,Present chief minister
of Gujarat but certainly people vote him as a Primeminister.We are all
sure that all scamsters like Raja,Great son-in-law,and every one else
connected to Congress will be punished which the history of Mankind
never seen before.Sorry to have have Scholar prime minister without
substance in it.Sorry, We are silently weeeping but we laugh at your
last nail which will be put with vengence in May 2014.Some bright IAS
officers are languishing in jail because of Ravana+Kamsa+ Narakasura
combined YSR of Andhra Pradesh.Khemka,We are with you.We Support you
at this hour.

from:  Dr.Srinivasa Varma
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 22:22 IST

It seems the easiest way to freely tour India is to become a good IAS
officer.

from:  GN
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 21:27 IST

This is ridiculous. It is unbecoming of a democratic Government [Haryana Govt. in the instant case] to transfer an employee [in the present context an IAS officer] over 40 times during his 21 year tenure. This will not no doubt hamper him to dedicate his best to service to the Government. And the employee is bound to be under tremendous mental strain. As a result his family life and social life would be in jeopardy. Hope Haryana Govt. would immediately stop such type of persecution of this poor IAS officer, nay any other of its employees.

from:  B Shaha
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 21:02 IST

It shows he is very honest person unlike others. A Honest person always
have many transfers.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 20:33 IST

Sir,
Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka of Haryana who was transferred over 40
times during his 21-year long career , is not a surprising news in
these days of scams after scams. This would have been a news had he
not been transferred. Honesty and integrity pays price, so Shri Khemka
is paying. However, he will remain a great administrator in the public
eyes. Political boss is so powerful today that the system can be
utilized according to his or her whims ignoring the benefits of the
masses. The only fear that lies with the public that honest officers
may succumb to the pressure of the system and the ultimate sufferer
will be the people who still have a ray of hope from these types of
officer. We can only hope that honesty still prevails and will triumph
one day.

from:  BIMAL CHANDRA JHA, patna
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 19:40 IST

It is great that the Hindu reporting this matter and following it up. Only way we can stop this is by creating more awareness among the ordinary public of such ill treatment of decent civil servant who simply want to do good job. The media like the Hindu can help to achieve this goal.
If permitted the Hindu should give him a reward by allowing him to write weekly column on your news paper. Every local TV should report this story in respective language.

from:  R Kalanithy
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 19:34 IST

The only hope is supreme court. There is no other way. Can the court do something here? how can a public servant be functional if he is transferred >40 times over 21 years ? If he is so inefficient, the govt should dismiss him. Or he is so efficient that he completes the assignment wherever he goes.

from:  Jose
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 19:33 IST

it is high time, we removed the inscription 'Satyameva Jayate' which decorate in all the government offices.

from:  JAYARAMAN V S
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 19:25 IST

If all the officers follow Mr Khemka in exposing the truth then how many
transfers will the governments do...i humbly want to remind the officers
of their duty to the country and the people.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 19:08 IST

It would be the best if he is transferred on daily basis so that he would not be able to even report to his new post nor create any more problems for Vadra & Company. The IRS cadre Officer who tried to dig out Lalluji's fodder scam, has been given World Bank posting, not to interfere in someone's personal affairs. That is India.

from:  Ashwin
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 18:48 IST

To those of you wishing God would come down (or up) to save the country,
I have news for you. He/She ain't coming as he/she has to fix his/her
house too. Be your own change agent - that is what the Mahatma did.

from:  sriram
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 18:46 IST

This is absolutely unfortunate to read, experience and tolerate the
irregularities and corruption in our system. It is a nexus amongst
politics-judiciary-administration-corp-orates; the irony is you name it
and you have it. As it has been highlighted many times and again with
this article by The Hindu; related to Mr. Ashok Khemka's honesty
proportionately linked to his numerous transfers. We have allowed
ourselves to be exploited by handful of corrupt people for mere
benefits that actually creating an environment pathetic to live in for
the present and future generations. But still blame game is on..? My
wishes to Mr. Khemka, sir please carry on with the good work the way
you are doing. At least we will have some inspiring individual to be
proud of.

from:  Sehrawat
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 18:10 IST

There should be a judicial enquiry into this episode. Average Voter and Congress Party members have to come to senses. This is becoming a dynasty. A foreign born person is a congress president and none of her children went to average Indian Governament Schools nor colleges. The current (Nehru/Gandhi) family members are unaware of average Indian family problems. The disparity between rich and poor is widening. I don't know where those Hindu/Muslim/Christian/Sikh/-- GODS are, please help the average Indian Citizens to build the morale.

from:  P.N. Reddy
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 18:08 IST

Thank you The Hindu for keep us updating on this issue, glad that someone is
following and interested in issues like this rather than masala news. I am so addicted to your site that i have set it as a home page in my computer.
Regarding Mr Khemka's transfer, we must collaboratively find solution to this. Why state government isn't following the recommendation/rules of IAS service rules
1954, which was later reinforced through an amendment in 2006 that an IAS officer must not transfer before completing a 2 year tenure at any place. How Hn Supreme Court help in this issue?.....If The HIndu can give some editorial article on the ways people can legally hold state government responsible for not obeying it.

from:  chet
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:50 IST

it happens only in India...........:(

from:  Rachna Priyadarshini
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:48 IST

See why congress highlight hariyana state development in all type media in these days b cas Mr. Khemka order against Mr. Vadra land deal in Haryana and Haryana government shift Mr. Khemka another department and give ‘clean chit’ to Mr. Vadra

from:  reddy
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:45 IST

This is really a Shame by which manner the Govt is managing the transfers. Someone in the heriarchy needs to be answerable & justifiable for the reasons behind such frequent transfers.....My empathy lies with the family of Mr. Khemka who are the un-intended sufferers of this brutality against a public servant !!!

from:  Rohan
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:43 IST

it is remarkable that you have raised your voice against corrupt practices adopted by influential persons.your integrity, honesty and values are commendable.

from:  tksabarwal
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:38 IST

As an aspiring civil servant instances like these inspire and ,at the
same time, create inhibitions in my mind. Is this what we toil hard for
?? All the visions of our role in bringing about Positive Change, Good
Governance gets blurred. Stability Of Tenure must be ensured, a view
seconded by 2nd ARC.

from:  Himanshu Sharma
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:33 IST

When we hear this incident would like to recollect Modi’s view about bureaucrats when it comes to transfer frequently that has been shared in one of the meeting. He told to media person that instead of keep transforming let him to stay in few years its easy to ask him why you have not done this work and it will bring efficiency of the officlas and that has been proven in his state also. So I don’t their no rule existing in the center or state to prevent such harsh transfer of senior bureaucrat and how one person can bale to perform in just six months of different departments. Spirited person has to file an PIL in this regard to end this saga.

from:  RAGHAVENDRA R PAWAR
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:08 IST

Hope he be appointed the next CAG..!!

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 17:04 IST

There are two aspects to this transfer. One that is projected is that he is very straight forward and tries to prevent all sort of malpractices.
The number of 40 transfers can also mean that there is fundamentally something wrong with him. He is unable to lead a team. He lacks leadership and team spirit.

from:  Robert
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 16:59 IST

This also tell us about other IAS officers as they do not get these many
transfers. It may change a bit with state to state but still it is same
nationwide.

from:  santosh
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 16:57 IST

There should be rule stating, Govt can't transfer any civil officer at least until he/she finished at least one year in their last post. Worst thing for all honest Govt officers like Khemka is getting shifting between two post.

from:  vikram goel
Posted on: Apr 4, 2013 at 16:53 IST

What can we do to question the appointing of KK Jalan in the enquiry committee? Is there a method of asking the government for an explanation in the method of appointment? Also, it is obligatory for an enquiry commission to take cognizance of all aspects of a dispute. If it is not seeking the opinions of Mr. Khemka, is there a way of challenging its modus operandi?
I must congratulate The Hindu for its detailed reporting. However, it would also help if you could point at ways we can help to raise voices against the questionable policies and practices of the rich and powerful.

from:  Sampurna Lahiri
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 12:24 IST

My hearty congratulations to The Hindu for keeping this Khemka flame alive.Please continue to report the truth as it emerges.I always read The Hindu every in the morning as yours is the only newspaper left in India that avoids sensationalism and vulgar ads.Thank you.

from:  GNS
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 11:14 IST

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Khemka, an honest civil servant. Unfortunately, in India he seems to be part of an endangered species. His actions and words are truly the statements of an enlightened and courageous individual.
Good reporting on behalf of the Hindu, naming names. We need more transparency and accountability and the media has a crucial role to play in this.
I would happily vote Mr. Khemka into political office. More stories please, about Mr. Khemka--keeping his struggle well-documented is part of keeping him safe, and encouraging others to behave in a moral, accountable manner. He is one of the Davids struggling against the Goliaths of corruption.
These stories help us keep the flame of hope alive.

from:  Anushka
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 09:34 IST

when govt and media collide together ,nothing can be done with subjugating system of law,administration and justice,,it is dark time for indian as living in democracy of hypocrate

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 08:44 IST

This is nothing; I enquired through RTI Act the Executive Officer, Sholinghur Town Panchayat, Vellore Dt-TN in how many marriage halls the solar water heater was installed. Of the total 32 halls there not one of them installed it though the DTCP guidelines were clear. The corrupt officials and the politicians collude with flouting the rules. Imagine the quantum of solar energy going wasted all over India. Why have rules when they are all violated everywhere for personal gains.

from:  chandrasekaran
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 07:01 IST

Nothing will come out of the committee as it is only to fool the public. The fact that the committee is having Mr.KK Jalan who himself has favaoured Mr. Robert Vadra will only scuttle any meaningful and truthful hearing. God save our country

from:  K.s.bALASUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013 at 04:13 IST
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