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PM Modi has tried to cut through the bureaucratic chaff but the civil services is still driven by processes rather than the outcomes.(File Photo)

Time for a real round of reforms in the bureaucracy. The last one didn’t work

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2021 08:21 PM IST
The time has come for the Modi government to separate the wheat from chaff by incentivising deserving senior officials.
The home ministry has ordered NGOs that receive foreign funds to report on their coronavirus-related activities every 15 days. Imagine the waste of time this involves for overstretched NGOs. Imagine the hassle they will face from nitpicking officials. The ministry’s intervention is typical of India’s stifling bureaucracy.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The home ministry has ordered NGOs that receive foreign funds to report on their coronavirus-related activities every 15 days. Imagine the waste of time this involves for overstretched NGOs. Imagine the hassle they will face from nitpicking officials. The ministry’s intervention is typical of India’s stifling bureaucracy.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Relax fiscal norms and reform the bureaucracy, writes Mark Tully

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 06:38 PM IST
India’s health and welfare services are inadequate. This is not just because the government’s expenditure on them is low. They are also hamstrung by the stifling bureaucracy that administers them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told top bureaucrats that they had spoiled his first five- year tenure but that he would not allow them to spoil the second.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told top bureaucrats that they had spoiled his first five- year tenure but that he would not allow them to spoil the second.(REUTERS)

PM Modi attempts long-awaited overhaul in bureaucracy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2019 10:38 AM IST
The Modi government’s decision to hold a common foundation course for all Group A services including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from 2020-2021 is the first step in breaking these silos and elite clubs that function within the Indian bureaucracy.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday ordered transfer of 40 IAS officials (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday ordered transfer of 40 IAS officials (File Photo)(HT Photo)

On Day 2, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot shakes up bureaucracy with 40 transfers

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 12:09 AM IST
A total of 40 officers were transferred, while new appointments were made in the chief minister’s office
A rarely debated but critical aspect of bureaucratic norms is the role of trust. Public commentary on bureaucracy has long focused on the trust deficit between citizens and the (non-performing) bureaucracy (Representative Photo)
A rarely debated but critical aspect of bureaucratic norms is the role of trust. Public commentary on bureaucracy has long focused on the trust deficit between citizens and the (non-performing) bureaucracy (Representative Photo)

Look beyond rules to reform the bureaucracy

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 01:02 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly characterised India’s bureaucracy as a 19th century administration struggling to tackle 21st century challenges. But building a 21st century bureaucracy requires changing the frame of the current debate on reforms to move beyond rules and procedures to focus instead on institutionalising a new culture of trust and deliberation
A doctor examines a candidate for post of constable, at a district hospital, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, April 29(ANI)
A doctor examines a candidate for post of constable, at a district hospital, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, April 29(ANI)

Why is India’s local bureaucracy so insensitive?

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 12:34 PM IST
It’s not just insensitivity that led to the stamping of caste names on the chests of recruits, it’s also lack of training
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