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    April 2016

Saluting the ‘steel frame’

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“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” 
 
Voltaire, French writer, historian and philosopher
 

On the occasion of 10th Civil Services Day on April 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured ten bureaucrats who have been playing a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of India. These new-age bureaucrats have shown how with sheer hard work, dedication, proper planning and execution, one can succeed in bringing positive changes in the lives of people in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.  
 
Governments introducing welfare schemes is nothing unique. In fact, it is the first duty of every Government. However, what is laudable is the effort of bureaucrats who away from the media glare burn the midnight oil to formulate strategies to effectively implement the schemes so that their benefits get percolated to the last man in the row.  
 
Our Cover Story brings to BT readers heart-warming tales of how bureaucrats posted in the nondescript areas of India have surmounted the odds and provided an example of good governance to others. Bureaucracy Today salutes the soldiers of the “steel frame” of the nation who have been playing a pivotal role in bringing revolutionary changes in the lives of thousands of common people.  
 
Integrity, impartiality and merit remain the guiding principles of the Civil Services. However, despite being the backbone of the administrative machinery of India, the bureaucracy today is showing signs of mediocrity. It is too large and slow and not flexible and adaptive to cope with social and economic changes in society. The level of both its motivation and morale is low. Aspirants enter the Civil Services through a laborious and competitive process with an enthusiasm to serve the country with full honesty and integrity but with the passage of time, it has been noticed that there is a decline in their dedication, motivation and efficiency.
 
Considering the low level of job appreciation in Government departments the disease of corruption has spread to all roots of the Indian bureaucracy. Corruption is now a matter of taking less job risk and getting huge rewards. Bureaucrats getting involved in scams and scandals is nothing new these days.  So what is the solution for this? How should we reinstate the trustworthiness of the “steel frame”?
 
Observing Civil Services Day is a step towards finding a solution to this problem. The Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration appreciates and recognizes the efforts of civil servants working for the betterment of society. This Award is a huge motivation for bureaucrats to work harder for society. 

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