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Sports policy: Chief secy, Khemka did not agree over appointment of sportspersons

March 13, 2019 06:52 AM

COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA MARCH 13

Sports policy: Chief secy, Khemka did not agree over appointment of sportspersons
While The Senior Bureaucrat Had Defended Rules, Dhesi Wanted A Stay From The HC
Ajay.Sura@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

Haryana chief secretary D S Dhesi and senior state bureaucrat Ashok Khemka were apparently at loggerheads over the appointment of outstanding sportspersons in the state civil services before the latter (Khemka) was transferred from the post of principal secretary, sports and youth affairs department.


Khemka was defending the rules that provide appointment of medalists of Olympic and similar sports events to coveted posts in Haryana Civil Service (HCS) and Haryana Police Services with seniority in service to ensure that they reach higher ranks of IAS or IPS.

The chief secretary, according to the documents accessed by TOI, wanted a selfimposed stay on rules from the Punjab and Haryana high court, where they are being challenged.

However, Kemka, before leaving his charge ensured that the rules providing Group-A posts are not stayed by the high court. He took a date, instead of stay, as advised by the chief secretary in a note sent to the sports department on March 6, a day before hearing of the case in HC.

At present, around 15 eminent Haryana sportspersons are eligible for Group-A posts, including HCS and HPS, under the Haryana Outstanding Sports Rules (Recruitment and Conditions) of Service Rules 2018, which were under challenge before the HC. They will be directly affected by the outcome of the case.

Haryana Civil Service (Executive Branch) Officer’s Association has challenged the policy on the ground that a sportsperson cannot be presumed to have the necessary set of skills to perform executive functions in such high posts.

Hearing their plea, the HC, in its orders dated February 20, 2019, observed that the court does not think that outstanding sportspersons should be directly recruited to such high posts without taking the qualifying examination. Adjourning the case for March 7 for hearing, the HC had asked the Haryana government for “rethink” the rules.

Khemka’s transfer orders came on March 3, a day before he was to proceed on five-day training at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Sources confirmed that on getting information about the chief secretary’s note, suggesting stay on the rules, Khemka had asked the sports department director not to do so. The HC would now hear the matter on May 8.

In a draft note sent to the chief secretary on March 1, Khemka had suggested objections to the locus standi of Haryana Civil Service (executive branch) Officer’s Association in challenging the rules. He had also referred to earlier cases, saying even those who had climbed the Mount Everest were appointed on Group-A post of DSP.

In its March 6 response, the chief secretary had termed Khemka’s reply as “premature” and suggested that the department give an undertaking before the high court that no appointment shall be made on Group-A or Class 1 posts under the rules till the matter is re-considered by the council of ministers.

 
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