Agency-based approach to reform the Indian Administrative Service6 min read 31 Aug 2015, 12:30 AM IST
According to a recent survey of the bureaucracies of 12 Asian economies, India's 'suffocating bureaucracy' has been ranked as the least-efficient
Far from the lofty beginning of being espoused as the steel frame of the country, representing the essential spirit of the Indian nation—unity in diversity—the years since Independence have been marked by a steady deterioration of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). According to a recent survey of the bureaucracies of 12 Asian economies, India’s “suffocating bureaucracy" has been ranked as the least-efficient, and working with the country’s civil servants is described as a “slow and painful" process. Indian bureaucrats are said to be power centres in their own right, both at the national and state levels, and are quite resistant to reforms that affect them or the way they go about discharging their duties.
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