has tweeted Tharoor’s article where he argues that a country with the diversity and wide-ranging challenges that India offers cannot be the fiefdom of any small group, however elite. “The top posts in India cannot be the monopoly of the IAS. It is bad for the government and bad for the wider public interest,” he writes in the article published today.
Tharoor’s article has appeared just a few days after the submission of the 7th Pay Central Commission report where the chairman and one member wanted to do away with the IAS "edge" whereas another member and former petroleum secretary Vivek Rae strongly supported the status-quo. The chairman of the Commission even wanted a drastic change in the empanelment process wherein competent non-IAS officers will get a level-playing field to join as joint secretaries and above, the civil posts which command immense power and prestige.
“Should a lifelong advantage be given on the basis of marks in an entrance exam without any reference to continued performance and further acquisition of relevant skills?” questions Tharoor in the DNA article (Full Article) echoing the same argument put forward by the IPS, IRS officers etc. in all debates in the run-up to the submission of the Central Pay Commission report.
The government has to now take a call on whether to entirely accept the 7th Central Pay Commission report’s majority view or factor in a very elaborate dissent note put forward by Rae.
Meanwhile, Tharoor’s article has made many non-IAS officers and their associations over-joyed. One Indian Forest Service officer Akash K Verma posts: “@ShashiTharoor @dna The 7th CPC spoke for Good Governance, the IAS are now all out to deny and scuttle such equality of opportunity. Shame!”
One IRS officer Hargovind Singh who calls himself a dreamer, believer and doer tweets: “@ShashiTharoor @dna Thanks for support. Parity in all services will give d best of all civil servants in d higher positions n serve d nation”.