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Perception that bureaucracy is inefficient and corrupt: Chavan

PTI  New Delhi, August 21, 2009
First Published: 17:56 IST(21/8/2009) | Last Updated: 17:57 IST(21/8/2009)

Stating that there is a "perception" that the Indian bureaucracy is "inefficient and corrupt", a Union Minister on Friday favoured a focused approach to implement the recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission within a "realistic" time-frame.

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"There is a perception that the Indian bureaucracy is inefficient and corrupt. If we are not able to provide for inclusive growth and maintain regional and social balance in the country, it may lead to conflicts which may shake the very foundations of our federal polity and our nation," Minister of State for Personnel and PMO Prithviraj Chavan said.

Inaugurating a day-long conference of Secretaries of Administrative Reforms, the Minister also noted that India's performance on the Human Development Index published by the UNDP that provides a composite measures of three dimensions of human development -- life expectancy, literacy rate and standard of living remains "abysmal".

"India still ranks 132 out of 179 countries," he said.

Chavan said recommendations of the Veerappa Moily-led Administrative Reforms Commission are being deliberated at the highest level of government before they are accepted and conveyed to the state government for their considerations.

"As many of these recommendations are within the realm of the state government, it will provide a foundation for deliberations and debate. A focused approach should be taken for initiates in the field of reforms in these sectors," he said.


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