Moradabad DM Rakesh Kumar, as per media reports ,locked up journos in the district hospital to shield Chief minister against quizzing by the inquisitive media persons. The job  needs careful handling by the bureaucracy. Locking them up in the city hospital is crass insensitivity, stupidity.

The Fourth estate is under threat – both by the political and bureaucratic arms of the Executive. The short point for consideration is : Should DOPT & AR headed by the Prime minister himself, take measures to rationalise the recruitment process of UPSC ?

Consider a few suggestions. Assessing cognitive knowledge of civil services aspirants alone does not suffice. Special traits located through Personality Tests ( PT) conducted by the UPSC, must be given higher weightage. Securing a pre-fixed minimum marks in PT ,must be made mandatory.The practice was prevalent in earlier times.

Growing insolence of politicians is fueled by the pliability and spinelessness of bureaucrats.They are untrained in handling the uncouth political class,who are everready to frighten the timid bureaucrats by giving taste of their tongue lashing. Handling the Fourth Estate requires skillful handling by the bureaucrats,which they lack.

The opportunistic,ambitious and spineless bureaucrats can go to any limit to please their political masters. For accelerated promotions, good postings. Quid pro quo deals. Unethical. The brazen misconduct is disheartening.

This is the unanimous view of the veteran civil servants.

 Will hiring domain experts through lateral entry from the open market , help retrieving the pristine glory of Civil Services,one wonders ?


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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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