Indian Bureaucracy Reboot

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    Indian Bureaucracy is notoriously sluggish and hampers our development. What measures would you suggest to improve the state of our babus?
     
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    Bureaucracy needs rebuilding ground up
    It is time to overhaul the bureaucracy if we wish to realise Modi’s idea of India. The entire chain of command needs speed, efficiency and effectiveness.
     
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    :facepalm2:
    How do you propose to run a country if you "minimise their (Bureaucracy's) interference"?
    Can you really run a nation (or any organisation) without its administration?
    Attitudes can change through well placed incentives and penalties.

    The article highlights some very good suggestions:-
    • A move from ACR (used now) to CPR (Comprehensive Performance Review). This includes:
      • Individual Performance Review (IPR): (50% weightage) Based on the yearly goals/deliverables assigned.
      • Department’s Performance Review (DPR): (25% weightage) Overall departmental review be based on the goals set for the year for the department/ministry.
      • Government Performance Review (GPR): (25% weightage) This is the overall performance rating of the government based on:
        • Fact/data-based self-assessment by the ministry/department (10% weightage).
        • Annual online survey taken by the citizens, for all departments/ministries at the Central level (15 % weightage).
    • Increments, variable pay/incentives and promotions of officials should be based on the CPR thus arrived at.
    • All officers of the rank of joint secretary and above must be put on a five-year contract, based on their performance review, with a performance-based financial incentive.
    • The salary structure should have a fixed pay and a variable component. If they fail to live up to the performance standards (IPR) of at least 80% for three years (out of a five-year term), they must be relieved of their service.
    • A private secretary (PS) to a minister is considered an important bureaucrat, but he is a junior IAS officer (below the rank of joint secretary), and hence he plays safe while dealing with his seniors, as one day he might have to work under them. The loser in this case always is the minister. We thus need to consider that the PS to a minister should be a special-secretary-rank officer.
     
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    Bureaucrats quit due to lack of professional satisfaction
    Its not like all the bureaucrats are bad. Its just that the system makes them look bad.
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    Notice how Babus are unhappy with their jobs and working conditions. There is career in-satisfaction in their ranks.

    If the Bureaucrats themselves are unhappy of the bureaucracy, all we need is a will to change. Apart form the complexity of such a process, I do not see what is stopping the Center from overhauling the administrative apparatus of the country.
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    I have seen two govt organisations within Andhra Pradesh which were willing to move to a contemporary appraisal system. Both places I have witnessed first hand the kind of backlash from employees and especially unions & associations.

    All theory is fine, one more generation to go. Hopefully becomes easier after that.

    Interference can be removed by preempting their need to put hand in the pickle jar. We don't need to get into theory for this, few examples of modi govt initiatives are sufficient.

    1) usual fight between railways and raid departments over over bridges. Modi govt asked them to prepare a set of 10 designs before hand, now they just select a bridge design and move ahead with construction. No more delays.

    2) class 3 interviews for govt jobs: modi govt stopped interviews, stopped a whole lot of corruption. Only written exams results will be considered. But in this case, corruption will come back in another form.

    Lots more examples big list. But real change should happen at state govt bureaucracy, central Govt's reach is only so much. State govt is the key player.
     
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    We should also remember that not all of govt bureaucracy is bad, I have seen enough dedicated people in senior management who restore some amount of faith in the system.?
     

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