Must Government officials allowed and encouraged to speak more about policy issues?In India to the most Government officiald are not allowed to be open about their views particularly if their views are against the Government. Very few officials like fomer CAG, Vinod Rai, ex RBI Ragu Ram Rajan have come out in open. In case of judicial officials they have to maintain strict silence onn issues of Governance except through Judgements. Government must stop viewing these views as criticism but rather as inputs for better Governnance. Also preventing officials from expressing their views is violation of Articles 14, 19, 21 of Indian constituion. In India the present situation is if an official speaks against either He / She must resign or opologise. Else He / She is shown the door by transfers, Suspensions and demotions. The examples are Ashok Kemka, Haryana, Roopa, Karnataka etc. These officials are demoralised by official pressures too.
In India officials are the only link between people and Government. They decide whether a dam must come in a place, Hydro carbon explorations etc. Experts just a birds eye view of Governance. It is officials who take pains to meet people and implement schemes. So we must give them voice.