I couldn’t have agreed more with Mohan Guruswamy, who was recently quoted as saying: “I hope he cracks down on the receiving of gifts at Diwali and other festivals. They all have Mont Blanc pens, suit fabric, cases of Glenfiddich whisky and golf clubs. We have a bureaucracy which is undisciplined, corrupt and venal to its core. It’s about time it was shaken up.”
What matters today is that the country is seeing a point in time in history wherein the sowing of the seeds for dismantling this gargantuan structure has probably started. People across the world have stood up and taken notice of this change.
The Prime Minister has set a process in motion that is clearly about managing the brute power and unprincipled behavior of the neighborhood unfriendly man - the bureaucrat. Some of the significant steps taken are:
Make rules people friendly Gag on the bureaucracy
*Reduce procedural red tape *Changing the way senior bureaucrats are selected To begin with I could strongly suggest that we need to get rid of jokers in the system to build trust in bureaucracy. The trust in bureaucracy is important as they are the people who reflect the will of the government and they are eventual custodians of the governance mechanism. What matters today is an additional step to get rid of such people (clear weeding out) from service and do away with the constitutional privileges they enjoy. This could be the most important step in building up confidence in the bureaucracy, restoring faith in its functioning and building a people-oriented system. (Amit Kapoor is Chair, Institute for Competitiveness & Editor of Thinkers. The views expressed are personal. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and tweets @kautiliya) (IANS)