i wish that modi should be able to do some thing for the country.
for demoralised country like india, he is the only hope.
but he is not able to keep the modi wave live, for which he need more exposure and schemes in media.
and over and all , the ias lobby is so strong and and corrupt, that he would not be able to do any thing unless he can control them.
ias lobby , takes its birth right to do corruption in the country, and many leaders are hand in glove with them for the common goal of making money..
in my view, ias lobby should be clearly told that if they can not make their family expenses in the pay , they get from the government, then they should work some where else, and leave the licence to take bribes and do curroption.
there should be at least one ccompulsorypaper in every class about the history of india, geography of india, and freedom moment of india. specially compulsory subject in ias.
there should be one more paper about the curroption in india and how to overcome it in the ias.
all are requested to contribute in the comment or write me directly .
i am in vivek vihar, delhi, india
Modi & IAS
Overhaul of Indian bureaucratic system on the anvil?
By Soma Chakraborty
Is it time for a major shake-up in the Indian bureaucracy? Hinting at possible revolutionary reforms in the bureaucratic system if the BJP-led NDA comes to power at the Centre, credible saffron party sources inform Bureaucracy Today that its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, might implement a policy under which non-IAS officers will be inducted into higher positions of authority as a rule rather than an exception. The move, the BJP insiders say, aims at bridging the gap between the IAS and other Civil Services officers and making the bureaucratic system impartial and transparent.
Attaining the status of a bureaucrat in India is no cakewalk. Every year lakhs of aspirants across the country sweat their guts out to write the gruelling Civil Services Examinations (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to select, among others, Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officers. However, the irony is that in spite of a common entry point to become the backbone of the Indian administrative system, it is the IAS officers who get all the limelight. As compared to their counterparts, officers from the IAS have the smoothest career progressions and easy accesses to levers of power and they occupy almost all senior-most posts at the Centre and in States.
THE DIVIDE BETWEEN IAS AND NON-IAS OFFICERS
There is a growing resentment among Civil Services officers who allege that the prevailing Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) is biased and heavily tilted towards IAS officers. “The CSS treats IAS officers as the elite class while undermining the hard work, calibre and talent of non-IAS officers. This disparity between IAS officers and those belonging to other Civil Services is a major cause for inter-Service rivalry and demoralization of non-IAS officers,” an IFoS officer tells Bureaucracy Today on condition of anonymity.
Though all Civil Services officers join the Government after being successful in the Common Entrance Examination (CEE), which is supposed to be one of the toughest examinations conducted by the UPSC, it is only the IAS officers who start enjoying very high status, authority, smooth career progression and prestige from the day one they join the service.
Most non-IAS officers resent the monopoly and hegemony of IAS officers in almost all the senior positions in the Government. In majority of the cases, officers belonging to the non-IAS category experience delays in empanelment and promotions compared to IAS officers. As a result, non-IAS officers are being forced to report to IAS officers many years junior to them.
ENDING THE HEGEMONY OF THE IAS LOBBY
Though it is too early to predict who will form the next Government at the Centre, there is a buzz in bureaucratic circles that the non-IAS officers are pinning their hopes on a possible Modi Cabinet to bring a sweeping reform in the administration. Insiders in the corridors of power also say that there is a strong possibility of the BJP Government bringing a policy which will “end the hegemony of the IAS lobby”.
“We are advocating for a balanced bureaucracy but this is not an appropriate time to get into details on this issue. It is not the proper time to comment on this,” senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari tells Bureaucracy Today. However, a senior BJP leader who does not want to be named informs Bureaucracy Today, “If the NDA Government comes to power, it will formulate a policy which will bring all Civil Services officers on a par. The current bureaucratic system favours the IAS officers. They enjoy a clear advantage over other Civil Services officers in terms of remuneration, empanelment, promotions and infrastructural facilities. The policy will end this discrimination.”
ELITE STATUS TO IAS: A SKEWED MODEL
According a higher status to the IAS Cadre is a gross violation of the Fundamental Right to Equality provided to every citizen of India by the Constitution. Scoring higher grades in half-an-hour of interview cannot be the basis of granting elite status to the officers of a particular cadre. No Service is superior to the other and every Service has its vital role and importance in the administration, opine dispassionate observers.
Administration experts feel that in today’s era, specialization is the name of the game. So it is unfair to appoint an IAS officer in the top echelon of a department of which he has no knowledge and background. For example, it makes no sense in appointing an IAS officer who has no experience and background in Forest Service to the post of Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. An IFoS officer who has years of experience and expertise in the field will be the most eligible candidate for the post.
For efficient and effective governance, right persons are required for the right posts. Preferring a person with no experience and little or no knowledge of a specialised field to an expert in that particular field is not only unjust but against the national interest. The knowledge and expertise required by the top brass of the administration varies from one department to the other. A person heading a department should have the knowledge and expertise in that particular discipline, otherwise the work will suffer and how will that person justify his presence.
So the need of the hour, “as envisioned by Modi”, is a unified Civil Service with an integrated pay structure, equal status and facilities and the same timeframe for career progression, say political observers.
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