It?s moral AIDS: CS
ALL OF us know that state bureaucracy is in the grip of perennial illness, but wondered about the disease that has infected the bureaucracy. On Sunday the Chief Secretary R Ramani diagnosed the disease, saying, ?Earlier, you were HIV positive but today, you are a full blown AIDS patient.?Updated: Mar 13, 2006 01:08 IST
ALL OF us know that state bureaucracy is in the grip of perennial illness, but wondered about the disease that has infected the bureaucracy. On Sunday the Chief Secretary R Ramani diagnosed the disease, saying, “Earlier, you were HIV positive but today, you are a full blown AIDS patient.”
Ramani also identified the virus that has destroyed the immune system of the bureaucracy. He said, “It’s Acquired Initiative and Degeneration Syndrome or in short you can term it as ‘Moral AIDS.”
In the third and final day of the UP Provincial Civil Services Annual Convention, the Lal Bahadur Shastri Ganna Sansthan Auditorium was converted into a makeshift clinic. The PCS officers were in the role of the patients and the Chief Secretary has assumed the role of a doctor.
At the start of the session the PCS officials told Ramani about their problem. He heard the symptoms silently and jotted down on a piece of paper. One by one officials came on the podium and talked about the gravity of the disease.
While the bureaucrats expressed their suffering, Ramani identified the disease. “Twenty years back you were in grip of the disease. We hoped that you will get rid of it and the system will start functioning. Earlier, you were HIV positive and today its full-blown AIDS case,” he said.
“When you were HIV positive, you looked healthy, but today, your poor health is visible to all,” Ramani said. He was ready with a prescription too. He said, “We do not require drugs from outside, but we have to cure the disease ourselves.”
“HIV positive bureaucrats who wished to get cured should stand for honesty (H), for intelligence (I) and for vitality (V). You have to be honest in disposing duty and distinguish between good and bad. Maintain vitality in work and do not do wrong under pressure,” he said.
Ramani said there should be no dispute between IAS and PCS officers. “While the PCS is heart, IAS is brain. If the heart fails, the person would die immediately and for the system to work efficiently there is need of a strong brain too,” he said.
“Legislature, Judiciary and Executive are three wings of the country. I will not speak much about legislature, since the sting operation like ‘chakravyuh’ has exposed them,” he said.
“No one can touch the judiciary, but the statement of Chief Justice and Prime Minister throws much light on the working of the judicial system. The hearing of the cases are being shifted from Gujarat to Maharashtra and from Tamil Nadu to Pondicherry” he said.
“Along with regular training of the bureaucrats, a career development plan should be prepared. The period of posting of a bureaucrat on various posts should be defined. Both IAS and PCS officers should get field and secretariat posting”, he said.
First Published: Mar 13, 2006 01:08 IST