Consider this. The global watch dog body, transparency International ranked India at a low 73 out of the 102 countries at the beginning of the century. In a later survey in 2008, India was ranked 85th out of 128 countries. A world economic forum survey, in 2009, of the leading economies of Asia, revealed “Indian bureaucracy to be not just least efficient out of Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Philippines and Indonesia; further it was also found that working with the India's civil servants was a "slow and painful"”.
In all these years of degeneration and perpetual corrupt practices of Indian bureaucratic system has been attributed to various reasons, prominent among them being their nexus with political corruption, lack of accountability and low regulatory controls. The one main reason unfortunately missed out by many is their incompetence to handle complex matters of technology and management. The prescribed entry levels for IAS do not define these as prerequisites; neither are they formally trained in these areas subsequently. Unfortunately successive governments have found it difficult t o bring in changes in the ways of the babudom (IAS cadre).
Nitish and Modi seem to be delivering…we have yet to see whether the progress in these states is despite the babus…It would seem so, as both these CMs manage directly and seek advice from experts in the industry and involve them in the execution. Also the growth in Bihar is attributed to infrastructure construction work taking place at a feverish pace.
"Should we not abolish the IAS? How long can we depend on them to frame the policy of the country; greedy people, always looking at what post to grab." Dr. Varghese Kurien of AMUL fame had once asked.
It is evident from the foregoing that we know the problem and as a Nation we have solutions. It is definitely a daunting task for us the common people to undo the intricate knot between the elected leaders and their comrades in deed – the bureaucrats