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12 Nov 2017 | Target Mains | Question 1

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  •  Avinash Mishra @avinash-mishra

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    •  Pritam Kumar @pritam_cd

      guys please start peer review…all of your answers will be reviewed by us…we also want your ideas as review on various answers…This will be a beginning of healthy discussion here itself…its important…we will also be participating in discussions…
      Please take out some precious time from your valuable schedule and review other’s answers…

    •  SIMBA The Lion king @hsvins00

      problems only discussed , please write about the reforms that are required in strengthening civil services

  •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

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      PLEASE IGNORE THIS WRONG UPLOAD AND REVIEW TEXT VERSION. THANKS!

  •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

    Civil Service is very essential to run an administration effectively in a nation like India with a large population and high complexities. While politicians are subject to periodic elections, civil servants on the other hand are permanent and expected to be neutral.
    However, the neutrality as well as effectiveness seem to be lacking in present Indian Civil Services due to,
    1. Politician – Bureaucrat Nexus that leads to partisanship, bias and hence violates principle of neutrality Eg: VYAPAM allegations
    2. The lack of adequate protection measures to honest officers who are frequently suspended or transferred in case of non submission to politics
    3. Delays in processing citizenry grievances and bribery lead to Redtapism, thus rendering civil service ineffective
    4. The insensitivity of public services to ground reality or field as they are trapped amidst files renders civil service ineffective
    5. Organizational problems especially due to hierarchy where conflict between senior and junior officers leads to non neutralism and ineffectiveness
    In this light, there is a NEED for drastic reform in Indian Civil Services,
    1. Curbing the Bureaucracy-Politics nexus through stringent punishments to guilty through amendment of Article 311 and Representation of People Act
    2. Bringing protection measures for honest civil servants in proposed Whistleblower Bill
    3. Decentralization of civil services to make it more proactive or action oriented as proposed in Vincent Ostrom’s Public Choice Theory and Administrative Reforms Commission’s report
    4. Inclusion of mandatory interpersonal or T-group sensitivity mid career training envisaged by Chris Argyris, thus fulfilling Yuganthar Committee recommendations
    5. Reduce the physical interface between public and administration for routine or basic services through e governance tools such as single window clearances, myGov portal etc.
    The Government’s move to introduce COMMIT training scheme for officials was a progressive step. Reforming bureaucracy in a way it becomes relevant and action oriented should be way forward.

    •  Pritam Kumar @pritam_cd

      guys please start peer review…all of your answers will be reviewed by us…we also want your ideas as review on various answers…This will be a beginning of healthy discussion here itself…its important…we will also be participating in discussions…
      Please take out some precious time from your valuable schedule and review other’s answers…

    •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

      Definitely @pritam_cd sir.

    •  SIMBA The Lion king @hsvins00

      nicely framed answer

    •  SIMBA The Lion king @hsvins00

      It is widely recognized that Civil services have contributed immensely in strengthening the country’s stability in terms of peace, conduct of fair elections, managing and averting disasters.
      But it seems that the present context of Civil Services has been lagging in certain spheres, which needs to be acknowledged. Some of the reforms which could be introduced to strengthen the Services should be :-
      a) CAPACITY BUILDING-
      Civil servants need to develop capacity building where personalized training should be focused, as they have to do tedious work in and out of the day. Training should be made mandatory periodically along-with a a monitoring mechanism for overseeing the implementation of the National Training Policy (1996).
      b) On EFFICIENCY-
      According to Hota Committee Report, 2004 the use of Information and Communication Technology to make it more efficient was stressed recognizing technology as a tool for catalyzing transformations.
      c) On ACCOUNTABILITY-
      Civil Services should be accountable to Government & Public domain in particular, and only those officers must be promoted who possess the necessary skill set and knowledge for higher responsibilities. A system of performance assessment should be laid down.
      With the awareness of such facts drastic reforms need to be introduced with political support and will, nurturing support from within the senior officers and safety nets for those who are adversely affected.
      The reforms undertaken should reflect political and institutional environment of country with effective communication between all stakeholders.

  •  Abdul Baseer @nomeyibs

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      guys please start peer review…all of your answers will be reviewed by us…we also want your ideas as review on various answers…This will be a beginning of healthy discussion here itself…its important…we will also be participating in discussions…
      Please take out some precious time from your valuable schedule and review other’s answers…

  •  SIMBA The Lion king @hsvins00

    It is widely recognized that Civil services have contributed immensely in strengthening the country’s stability in terms of peace, conduct of fair elections, managing and averting disasters.
    But it seems that the present context of Civil Services has been lagging in certain spheres, which needs to be acknowledged. Some of the reforms which could be introduced to strengthen the Services should be :-
    a) CAPACITY BUILDING-
    Civil servants need to develop capacity building where personalized training should be focused, as they have to do tedious work in and out of the day. Training should be made mandatory periodically along-with a a monitoring mechanism for overseeing the implementation of the National Training Policy (1996).
    b) On EFFICIENCY-
    According to Hota Committee Report, 2004 the use of Information and Communication Technology to make it more efficient was stressed recognizing technology as a tool for catalyzing transformations.
    c) On ACCOUNTABILITY-
    Civil Services should be accountable to Government & Public domain in particular, and only those officers must be promoted who possess the necessary skill set and knowledge for higher responsibilities. A system of performance assessment should be laid down.
    With the awareness of such facts drastic reforms need to be introduced with political support and will, nurturing support from within the senior officers and safety nets for those who are adversely affected.
    The reforms undertaken should reflect political and institutional environment of country with effective communication between all stakeholders.

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