052 - Role of Civil Services in Democracy

There is a paradoxical relationship between Bureaucracy and Democracy, yet an effective democracy require a well-functioning bureaucracy. Comment.

The bureaucracy is an instrument of the executive branch of government that helps in executing policies of the state. In this role, constant interaction with the public is unavoidable. Paradoxical nature of relationship: Colonial mindset and apathy. Mindset of status-quoism and silo mentality with attitude of superiority. Lack of compassion and culture of red-tapism. Rules ..

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Have ‘Alternate Mechanisms’ been effective in improving the decision making process of the governance in India? Justify.

Governance is indeed a complex, cumbersome, involved and time-taking process. However, certain decisions are time bound; so need for ‘Alternate Mechanisms’ has arisen. ‘Alternate Mechanisms’ have been used in governance for quite some time, such as empowered committee to decide on disinvestment of government companies in past have resulted into reduction of fiscal deficit of ..

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Discuss the steps taken by current NDA Government to reorient the work culture of bureaucrats and ministers. To what extent, the steps taken so far have been able to change the complexion of relationship between bureaucracy, political executive and citizens of the country? Critically analyse.

Sardar Patel had called the civil service as iron frame of India. But it is said that in 21st century the iron frame is rusted. And there were frequent calls to reorient the work culture of the bureaucrats and executives. The various steps undertaken by the current NDA government to reorient the work culture of ..

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Examine the functional contribution of civil society to good governance.

Good governance refers to how effectively public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources. Civil society can aid the evolution of governance to good governance through: Policy Formulation: Civil society can be voice of common man and aid in formulation of policies which are people centric. Second administrative reforms commission called RTI act as ..

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A basic principle of management is that the responsibility/ accountability should not be divested from authority; however, generally it is found that there is a mismatch between authority and accountability in public service in India. Discuss suggesting how the congruence between authority and responsibility can be ensured in public services.

Accountability along with authority is necessary for good governance. The congruence between accountability and authority in public service can be ensured by some of the following measures: Stringent rules should be put in place so that all civil and public servants irrespective of their positions and designations are held accountable for their actions. Taking necessary ..

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Initially Civil Services in India were designed to achieve the goals of neutrality and effectiveness, which seems to be lacking in the present context. Do you agree with the view that drastic reforms are required to Civil Services? Comment.

The Civil Services Examination competitive examination in India for the recruitment of various Civil Services of the Government of India that includes Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service. Civil service in India Lord Cornwallis first introduced civil service. The Charter Act of 1853 provided for the open competitive examination of the ..

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