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Shillong News Desk | Nongstoin, April 27, 2018: 

After serving West Khasi Hills district as it Deputy Commissioner for 15 months, Arunkumar Kembhavi has been transferred and posted as Registrar of Cooperative Societies. He will probably assume charge from next week.

According to a notification issued by State Personnel Department on Friday, Additional Deputy Commissioner KL Nongbri will be taking over as the new DC of West Khasi Hills.

Kembhavi is quite popular to the people of the district. His initiatives have gathered much appreciations from all sections of the society. It was during his tenure that initiatives like Wall of Kindness (first in the region), building roads with shredded waste plastic technology, green office, online administrative system, deploying effective GPS tracking software for election monitoring (the 1st in the whole country) besides other major initiatives.

“It has been wonderful, last 14 months in Nongstoin. I have learned so much, been loved so much. If I had contributed to even 0.1% of positive change, then I will consider my efforts and stint worthwhile,” Kembhavi wrote on his FB wall.

It may be reminded that this pro-active bureaucrat had earlier served as the DC of West Jaintia Hills before taking over as the DC of WKH. His transfer order during that time, did not go down well with the people of West Jaintia Hills after residents refused to let him go. But rules are rules!

However, after taking over as the DC of WKH on February 6, 2017, Kembhavi immediately connected with the people of the district and similarly like the WJH case, it seems the people are not willing to let him go.

“West Khasi hills will lose so many things. Good DC has been transferred,” said a resident of Nongstoin.

“We will missed you sir and you are the best DC ever in Meghalaya,” said another local resident Maitphang Lyngdoh. 

“I don’t really know what to say but…If I have the power to stop you I would say please don’t go; we here in our district still need you… Sir. This hurt more than anything,” another B Maxx Thabah wrote on Kembhavi’s FB post. 

“Look at it this way: the government wants as many districts and departments as possible to experience what good governance is. Continue to bring changes wherever you are posted. Innovation, selfless service, grid and determination runs in your blood,” environmentalist HH Mohrmen also wrote on Kembhavi’s FB post.

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