The recent initiative of the government of India under Modiji to recruit people with proven credence from the Private Sector for the position of top bureaucrats in different departments in government on contract basis for 5 years deserve loud applaud and appreciation.
We must reduce the dependency of bureaucracy with coveted IAS merit as the bureaucracy in India is one of the reasons for all corruption and maladministration. Most of these Babus become sycophants of either of the political parties and from there on the system started to get rotten.
In all governments, always there will be a group of bureaucrats for and against the ruling party and this would make the progress of the nation impossible.
Although the disgruntled IAS babus may not be so visible in the system but silently they may damage the system and can cause policy paralysis. Further, the government also can at best only transfer them from one department to another and nothing beyond that can be done.
Because a person who has passed out the toughest national level exam- IAS does not mean they have astounding knowledge in several core areas like finance, agriculture, healthcare etc.
Administrative acumen, knowledge of implementation, governance are different from framing policies by taking into account of several scientific details. Such knowledge IAS officials need not have.
But the people in private sector cannot afford to go ignorant because for every mistake, the people in private sector may have to pay their existence in the organization as price. But for IAS babus nothing matters; failure or success of the new policy, their comfort and luxury will go unabated.
Therefore to take India to new age and vision, we need visionaries and wisdom tanks in bureaucracy and such positions should not be reduced to IAS officials alone.
The problem of the present India is that once someone qualifies IAS, they are always on a growing track irrespective of whether they have the desired competency and knowledge or not. Faster will be their success if they could impress the political masters better.
Every elected government must depend on the babus and this makes the unelected babus the real boss not reflecting the sentiments of people.
The decision of the present government to bring new talents to the system may not be to cut down the extra wings of some babus but to take India to new age that is the vision and dream of Modiji.
The novel idea of bridge course and legalization of cross pathy by the healers from faith and superstition based system to overcome the shortage of MBBS doctors in India is one such wonderful example how the IAS babus can misguide the system and can damage our health care delivery in rural India. This move was dropped by the cabinet but certainly it had brought disgrace to the government.
The hopeless implementation of demonetization and GST by babus is yet another example how the wonderful vision of Modiji to bring down black money and make business in India quite easy and attractive.
If experts from the private sector were brought into the system before implementation of all such wonderful initiatives, sufficient cautions and caveats they would have given to the government and would have made these initiatives grand success.
Babus must be told that if they lack competency and attitude, system will hire more competent experts to replace their role and the country is important and not babus. Modiji need special appreciation for such wonderful initiative.