When IAS officers find themselves between a rock and a hard place
SummaryWe need clear protocols so that no officer is put in the sort of tight spot that Bengal’s chief secretary was
As irrigation secretary in a southern state in the mid-90s, I had drafted a response for a meeting in Delhi between the then prime minister and state chief ministers on contentious issues like inter-basin transfer of water and river-linking, from the perspective of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. The chief secretary explained why my response would not be approved by the state’s CM. If the CM agreed, he would risk losing his position, sharing of water being a sensitive political issue.