This refers to the editorial on freeing bureaucracy from the clutches of politicians (“Unshackling the bureaucracy,” Nov. 2). There are no rules that force civil servants to heed the oral instructions of higher-ups, particularly politicians. More often than not, bureaucrats blame their political bosses once their decisions become an issue. In a democracy, elected representatives have a right to formulate and implement policy decisions. That cannot be seen as interference.
Thanks to the Supreme Court verdict on insulating officers from political interference, civil servants will find redress in matters of postings and transfers. But the annual confidential reports of high-ranking officers will still be in the hands of politicians.
The Supreme Court’s direction to the Centre and the States to set up Civil Service Boards to handle transfers, postings and other disciplinary matters is welcome. Security of tenure is a must for civil servants to understand the problems of the region they are posted to.
The wings of many talented officers are clipped by politicians, as a result of which they are unable to do justice to their job. On many occasions, officers are subjected to humiliation. They are victims of vested interests. The recent suspension of Durga Nagpal in Uttar Pradesh is a typical example.