UP: Durga Shakti Nagpal's name cleared for central deputations

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Lucknow, July 17: Honesty is not a crime and finally, it has rewarded the honest IAS officers like Durga Shakti Nagpal and Ashok Khemka, who became a victim of political bureaucracy at the hands of corrupt government officials.

According to an HT report, IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who was suspended last year by the Samajwadi Party, is all set to be named for central deputations along with other bureaucrats.

A senior officer of the Uttar Pradesh government told the daily, "There are a number of vacancies at the secretary, additional secretary and various other levels at the Centre , but the officers are waiting for the process of appointments to start at the Centre after getting their no-objection certificates (NOC)."

Nagpal, who became a victim of communal politics, was suspended ostensibly as sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) on July 27, 2013, for giving order to break down a wall of the mosque in Gautasm Budh Nagar, an action the Uttar Pradesh government said it could have flared communal tension.

Last year, Senior Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka had praised the bold step action taken by the UP IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal against the sand mafia.

Khemka, a 1991 batch IAS officer in Haryana, was targeted by successive governments in Haryana. He has been transferred 43 times in over two decades. Of these, 19 transfers have been done by the present Bhupinder Singh Hooda government since March 2005.

Whistleblower IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Tuesday got a green-signal by the civil services board for Central government deputation for which he had applied in 2010.

Even the Twitter was abuzz with reactions when Durga Shakti Nagpal and Ashok Khemka's names were cleared for the central government deputations.

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