A total of 71 transfers in a bureaucratic career spanning over 34 years, IAS Pradeep Kasni has seen every corner of Haryana as his journey as a bureaucrat just ended. But, honesty comes at the price often so high that most people end up losing everything. Kasni, however, did otherwise and remained resilient throughout his career.
He paid the price for it. He had to serve at a post that didn’t exist. And since the post didn’t exist, he didn’t get the salary and other dues before he knocked the doors of the court and asked for his livelihood. After court’s intervention, Kasni received his salary for the last six months, just a few days before his retirement.
Kasni has been in news for several times and much like his fellow bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, Kasni has always stood for what was right, sometimes even at the cost of his position.
“I was transferred to Haryana Land Use Board as Officer on Special Duty on August 22. He joined the department only to get enlighten that the post does exist at all. I approached top bureaucrats in government but did get nothing except for the rhetoric. I neither had any staff to work with nor received my salary because how can you get salary for a post that doesn’t exist?” Kansi told Indiatimes.
Kasni in September approached Punjab and Haryana High Court in September, but the court told him that the matter doesn’t come under its jurisdiction, therefore, Kasni approached Central Administrative Tribunal (CA) which looked into the matter.
“I made the state the party and in the court, the government was asked about the post and why an officer has been transferred to a post that is no longer there. The government representative admitted that the post was abolished in 2009 and therefore, no longer exists. The court instructed the government to clear my dues as soon as possible,” said Kasni.
The government in haste created one post just to clear the salary and due to Kasni who by the end of October was frustrated since he neither had any staff to work with nor any department to handle.
“The government, in haste, created that post in October, which again violates many rules and regulations. But, I don’t deny that I have received my salary until January, but many reimbursements are still unpaid which is also a substantial amount. The reimbursement includes air travel dues as I was sent to Gujarat on duty to elections. I have spoken to the chief secretary and he has assured me of clearing my dues soon,” said Kasni.
Kasni joined the service in 1984 through state services and was promoted to IAS in 1997. On so many transfers he said, “That’s the only way to punish bureaucrats who are otherwise immune to all other things. I didn’t mind so many transfers as I took them as badges of honour. Now, I laugh that I was transferred so many times in this small state. Once, I was transferred thrice in two days,” tells a relieved Kasni.