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21st June - The Hindu Editorial - Part-2(in Hindi)
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Subhodeep Das
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  1. The abrupt end of an unlikely alliance Neither new nor undesirable nur new nor undusiraie Making a fetish of lateral entry of domain experts into government service will have grave consequences. S. UBHODEEP

  2. Our search for solution to fix the challenges of governance always leads us nowhere because the thing doesn't exist. But what we find in the process is a counterfeit, of... well, nothing; it looks like a solution but it is in fact a problenm Good intentions, unless tempered by thoughtful deliberation and preparation, do not lead to good policy outcomes UBHODEEP

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  4. The move by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) towards lateral entry in government service falls in this category. It has invited applications from "talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation building" to be appointed as joint secretaries in 10 Departments/Ministries at the Centre. Can we hope for whatever improvements promised ??? Distant cousin to the 'committed bureaucracy' Lateral entry policy goes counter in spirit to the governance philosophy enunciated by the Constituent Assembly, insofar as it concerns the candidates from private sector, consultancy firms, MNCs. UBHODEEP

  5. Traditionally, the services of outside experts were availed through consultative processes, a practice quite widespread with the erstwhile Planning Commission and to some extent with its new avatar, the NITI Aayog It is not clear why the government determined that the practice was not effective. Policy's aim "also to augment manpower" can only mean that the lateral entry will be as wide as regular recruitment and used as regularly. In doing so the government is turning an exception into a rule UBHODEEP

  6. Rationale behind lateral entry Since our civil servants, especially those of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), are generalists and hence ill-suited to deal with policy implications of new technologies and new modes of thinking the country is in dire need of domain experts Neither the DoPT nor Ministries concerned cared to define 'domain expertise'. UBHODEEP

  7. The Founding Fathers felt that India needed a responsible government more than an efficient one. While elaborating why the Constituent Assembly preferred the parliamentary over the presidential system, B.R. Ambedkar reflected the sense of the House that while the former is more responsible but less stable, the latter is more stable but less responsible. Is the country in such a state to opt for efficiency at the cost of accountability? UBHODEEP

  8. Of the three methods at our disposal to ensure the government is responsible, One is independence of iudiciary; Second is to subject the executive to constant scrutiny of the legislature; Third is to maintain bureaucratic neutrality. In any case, a civil servant is expected to follow the decisions taken by the political executive which is the real master. Most democracies train their higher civil servants to be accountable rather than efficient. UBHODEEP

  9. The new system is open to three groups: 1) officers of State governments; 2) employees of public sector undertakings and assorted research bodies; and 3) individuals in the private sector, MNCs, etc Among the three groups, any metric of accountability, bureaucratic neutrality and fidelity to due process gets progressively worse from group 1 to 3. UBHODEEP

  10. The nation cannot escape the havoc likely to be wreaked by a large number of private sector experts becoming joint secretaries on three-to-five year contracts. Whatever training or orientation that these new entrants will undergo cannot match 15-20 years of acculturation/on-job training that regular officers receive before they become joint secretaries. UBHODEEP