The motion is partially correct. But, a sweeping generalization would be unjust and unfair.There are  outstanding officers in civil services,who are worthy of inspiring emulation. Criticism of senior bureaucrats of MP by one Deepali Rastogi,a 1994 batch IAS officer, is well-deserved. In another recent instance, one Shah Faesal,IAS ( 2009 , J&K) lambasted his seniors and the system for not exercising freedom of conscience. His offence is far graver as he labelled India as “Rapistaan”. The Govt of India is within its right to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the two officers by invoking  the statutary Conduct Rules.These emotional outbursts arise out of intolerance and impulsive nature.

The pliability and malleability of senior bureaucrats  to please politicians has been there all along. The tendency gathers pace as bureaucrats approach retirement. They please corrupt politicians during service period in order to get coveted post-retirement assignments like governorships, nomination to legislatures, memberships UPSC, CEC, ambassadorial assignments ,heads of  superfluous committees and commissions etc. No one is willing to come out of comfort zone.They get addicted to a particular life style and they can go to any extent to maintain it. Such Politico-bureaucratic- nexus exist both at Centre and the States.All bureaucrats are unanimous on this. The retired ones, who are academically inclined, prefer to pen down their unsavoury  experiences with politicians.They  open their third eye and write memoirs cursing politicians.

Whatever one may say, the civil servant must learn to say no to politicians and take all precautions to effectively defend their career interests instead of blindly carrying out orders. Sudden outbursts by  relatively junior civil servants,will pass off with time. They will be show-caused and awarded penalties invoking  Conduct Rules. Politicians are incorrigible and will always remain supreme. All things considered, we require a strong political Will to cleans the       “Animal farms “ of all sorts of dodgy characters.There is a need to do away with all discretionary powers enjoyed by the political masters and bureaucrats in collusion with big business houses.

 

A K Saxena (A former civil servant)

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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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