opportunities and training support to improve”, the manifesto said.
“We will generate Kartavya Bhavna among public servants as lives and productivity of people is dependent on the quality and efficiency of public services,” the manifesto said. “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” something that got echoed in Modi’s advertising campaign in the run-up to the general elections, may now get implemented. Also, the services of youth could be tapped to contribute in governance with fellowship and internship programmes launched at various levels.
The BJP has also promised to initiate police reforms and also to “strengthen investigations, making them swift, transparent, fair, clear and decisive - acting as an inescapable deterrent to wrong-doers and a protective shield to the innocent”.
Already, BoI readers have offered suggestions to PM designate Modi on administrative reforms. Kindly participate in the debate and provide your valuable comments.
One Madhuri Dabral has asked for overhauling of Central ministries and weeding out officers who do not have any field experience and have merely angled positions through contacts and patronage. “Name and Shame the corrupt”, she adds.
Another reader RK Thakur advises Modi government to focus on introduction of “Civil Services Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010”. “The Congress Govt. only paid lip service as they wanted to complete their tenure with pliable self-seeking bureaucrats in toe. This Bill will hopefully make bureaucracy more professional and independent, responsive to the needs of subordinates and citizens, professional, neutral, merit-based and accountable. One salient feature of the draft bill is the establishment of a Central Public Services Authority (CPSA) that would act as an interface between the government and the bureaucracy,” he says.
James Kutty, a regular BoI reader says the best thing the Congress government has ever done was the introduction of the RTI Act thereby empowering the people. “Tell me who wants to hide decisions in Files? Obviously all those who have taken advantage and played hanky panky. No honest officer will be afraid of transparency or RTI. Have you visited the parking area of Government Colonies. Many officers have swanky cars and lavish life style with air conditioner in every room. These are the officers who are afraid of RTI. All officers who complain and cringe that they are unable to take bold decisions because of the RTI Act needs to be immediately dismissed from service for gross incompetence. I hope the new Modi government takes appropriate steps in this direction,” he writes.Is this reasonable or an extreme suggestion? Kindly provide your valuable inputs on what all the new government must do to make Indian administrative apparatus smoother. You can offer anonymous comments so long as those are non-defamatory.