ARE IAS officers efficient enough to govern twenty-first-century
? Bhaskar Ghose, a former IAS and ex-DG Doordarshan, has posed this fundamental question in his latest book, “The Service of the State, The IAS Reconsidered”. The argument is: Should generalists, meaning IAS, head organizations as complex and diverse as industrial units, museums and rural development boards? But if IAS is to be replaced, who will replace them? India
But Ghose has not disappointed his fellow IAS officers. At the end of the day, he has made a case for IAS saying that it is still the best option which substantially fulfils its functions. But Ghose agrees that its once sterling reputation has been tarnished by allegations of corruption, political subservience and declining standards of efficiency. But he goes on to argue that there are still a sufficient number of dedicated public servants who
can bank on. India
Do you agree with this argument? Air your voice on the subject and post your comments below.
Action and Appointments
a) Anil Navaney, a 1978 batch IPS officer, is taking over as the new Chhattisgarh director general of police replacing Vishwa Ranjan, a 1973-batch IPS. Ranjan who was removed from the post was later appointed as director general (DG), Home Guards, a much low profile post.
b) The tenure of coal ministry’s joint secretary RK Mahajan, a 1987 batch
Bihar cadre IAS, has been extended for the period up to September 23, 2011.
c) Ms Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, 2002 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS, has been appointed as deputy secretary in the department of expenditure.