I am following in Media and the corridors of power the saga of inharmonious inter-Services relationship . S P Gaur’s post (Why IAS alone is targeted, WIC March 3 ) is thought provoking. I have the highest regard for IAS officers, the distant cousins of the ICS. Of late, however, the elite Service is becoming an oligarchy, out of sync with ground reality. Creating artificial hierarchy has led to simmering discontentment, a rebellion of sort, in other services ( IPS, IRS etc) slowing-down the services delivery mechanism. Discrimination starts at the beginning. Giving a 2 year initial edge to IAS officers over the less-fortunately circumstanced is arbitrary, irrational, discriminatory and bad in law, causing recurring damage to others. No one seems to bother due to vested interests, DOP&T, the least of all. Having served in UPSC, holding a sensitive position, I firmly believe that the system of recruitment through the Civil Services Exam (laid down by DOP&T and followed by UPSC) is faulty and leaves much to be desired. No wonder, there is increasing decline in the quality of candidates selected into civil services. After retirement, I had tendered evidence and suggestions before a high –powered committee in UPSC for changing the format of examination. The Status quo bias. PM Modi is popularly known as civil servants’ Prime Minister. This is a wake-up call. He is urged to take a close look to over-haul the system. Grievance-redressal and ensuring quality intake into civil services should be priority concerns. My motive is not to hurt anyone. If someone feels hurt due to difference of opinions, my apologies in advance.


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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.

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