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Explained: What Railways restructure means

Why is it important? For GS Paper 2 (Contribution of Civil service), GS paper 4 (Morale of Civil servants) and Public Administration Paper 1 and Paper 2 Why in news? The Cabinet recently approved trimming of the Railway Board, the powerful body that governs the Indian Railways. From nine, the Board will now have only five… Continue reading Explained: What Railways restructure means

GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Forging the steel frame

Introduction The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration was simply called the Academy of Administration when it was set up in 1959 in Mussoorie. It signalled a resolve to systematically train members of the higher civil services in order to equip them to be the change agents of a resurgent India. The two All-India Services, the Indian Administrative… Continue reading Forging the steel frame

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

Civil Service Reforms: Few ‘Innovations’ By NITI Aayog, If One Can Call Them So

As civil service reforms go, the Niti Aayog’s Three Year Action Agenda: 2017-18 to 2019-2020, released recently, contains little that is new or innovative. The idea that policy making is a specialized activity and needs lateral entrant of specialists on fixed-term contracts to bring in competition into established career bureaucracy has been talked about for… Continue reading Civil Service Reforms: Few ‘Innovations’ By NITI Aayog, If One Can Call Them So

Editorials, GS-2, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

State of the service

We currently treat our best bureaucrats badly because we don’t punish bad ones; our government has become too big for small things and too small for big things; and the state is unable to deliver on its own intentions. Blaming India’s bureaucracy for all this is silly. (notables bureaucrats include V.P. Menon for the integration of… Continue reading State of the service