THE perception about Indian bureaucrats as a force of stumbling block rather than facilitators has not really changed much despite a number of initiatives being taken to make Indian bureaucracy as effective as that of
or Singapore . BoI’s (babusofindia.com) fortnight-long online survey on whether Indian bureaucracy has improved or deteriorated has given a fractured verdict. Whereas one third of respondents support the recent outcome of Hong Kong-based consultancy firm Perc that Indian bureaucracy is the worst in Australia Asia, another one third votes for the opposite option that Indian bureaucracy has in fact improved. But if the view of another 26% respondents that “it has deteriorated” is taken into account, as high as 59% respondents say Indian bureaucracy has either deteriorated, or it’s the worst in Asia. Mere 12% say it’s excellent.
The survey was conducted in the babusofindia.com blog itself, but the software did not allow anyone to manipulate the outcome as one respondent could not give more than one vote from one computer. The final score of the BoI survey of Indian bureaucracy, June, 2010 is as follows: Excellent: 9%; Improving: 32%; Deteriorating: 26%, Worst in
BoI has also spoken to a number of bureaucrats who agree that people’s perception about Indian bureaucracy has not changed much. They argue that despite Indian bureaucracy attracts best of the country’s talent and many administrators happen to be as professional as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, the system does not allow them to be an effective force like the civil servants of
or Singapore Hong Kong. India is still one of the most difficult places for doing business, according to World Bank’s “Doing Business Survey, 2010”, which places India at the rank of 133 out of 183 economies. No wonder, the word “bureaucracy” is still used as a synonym to talk about procedural delays.
In fact, the extra-large size of Indian bureaucracy, non-existence of performance-linked incentives, political interference and complex nature of problems in
, have stopped Indian bureaucracy emerging as a performing bureaucracy. India Will Dr Prajapati Trivedi’s performance management practices coupled with a possibility of announcing performance-linked bonuses make all the difference? Whether you are an insider or outsider of corridors of power, post your comment and get your voice heard. Keep reading babusofindia.com to find answers of many such questions, and more…