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    If IAS is steel frame why it gets turned and twisted by every change of political government

    IAS as its predecessor ICS was known as the 'steel frame' for its stability and permanency in governance even when the politically elected governments change or fall. The experienced officers were available to see the smooth transition and give guidance and unbiased advice to the incoming new ministers.
    However now it has become an unwritten rule and compulsorily flowed practice to shake up the whole administrative set up , to transfer existing officials and bring new officers in that place from some other posts and departments.
    The IAS officers also know this. So when a government nears its term completion, the bureaucrats either go inert and inactive or act over enthusiastically to favour the outgoing political party government. If they sense wind of a change in the party to rule, they send feelers to the other side to reserve positions in the new government. More than the political opponents it is the IAS and IPS officers who are at the receiving end when there is a change in government and especially when the ruling party changes.

    The first thing , a new government does is to shuffle the secretaries and heads of Police It is again seen now with the new governments taking over in states after the recently concluded state lections. That means IAS is no more considered steel frame. Is it not leading to unwelcome consequences?
  • #565414
    Many things changed in India after the British rule became history and we got independence. Now many IAS and IPS officers prefer to opt for political pastures as their post retirement career. Many succeed also and become ministers after contesting elections or become Governors. During their service period, they come in close contact with the political bosses and thus develop an intimate relationship with the political personalities.
    Remember the case of former Foreign Secretary of India, Venkateswaran. He had made a public statement that the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka was a mistake. Weeks later the the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi replied in response to a question raised by a Pakistani journalist that -'Soon, you will be talking to a new foreign secretary'.
    The IAS and IPS has to toe the line of their bosses. The compliant among them get creamy positions. The others who have their consciousness alive, are side tracked.
    The intense heat of power and prestige made the steel frame to get mellowed.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #565424
    Very good thread initiated by the author. Please note that every person in India has the allegiance to a party by default and that is not any way connected to being bribed or some thing else. It is customary for every one to connect with a political party and move on. Same is the case with the IAS cadre. Though they are the esteemed people to dictate terms to the political parties and its leaders, often we find them buckling and remaining sober to the ruling party. During elections when they know the trend of which party is going to occupy the power, the IAS and IPS officers start lobbying for plum positions and post. Please remember that politicians are elected by the people and that makes them very strong and boss over the IAS or IPS cadre, where as the those officers are selected at the mercy of those politicians when they occupy the power. So this way we feel tha IAS officer never open up even when wholesome corruption takes place.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #565528
    Leaving political affiliations or personal preferences or capabilities aside, I personally feel that, most of the time, the shuffling of IAS and IPS officers has more to do with satisfaction of some ego nurtured by politicians. I think it is their inferiority complex that makes them to shift officers so that they get a satisfaction that no one is above them. Civil service officers are more experienced and are more or less guided by rules and regulations rather than political interests and are actually feared by politicians due to possible difference of opinions.
    'Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power'. -Lao Tzu

  • #565535
    IAS and its predecessor ICS have never been the steel frame. The ICS and IAS officer have tried to create an aura of dominance and prestige around them. No doubt they enjoy power, but at the same time have huge responsibility also. The ICS and IAS have always been subordinate to their British masters and Indian political masters, respectively.

    In fact, IAS officers, along with other Govt. officers, act as implementing agency of the Govt. Difference is that they also have advisory functions (they also give advice to their political bosses), unlike other officers. Here the difference comes. Honest officers give good and impartial advice, whereas dishonest ones neglect this aspect of their job. They blindly follow the diktats of their masters.

    "If you are killed in action, you go to Heaven. If you win, you rule this Earth (as beautiful as Heaven). That is why, O son of Kunti, take a firm resolve and fight!"-- Shrimad Bhagwad Gita

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