June 5, 2009Posted by on
There was this friend of mine who used to aspire for civil services right from his school days and used to read magazines like CSR and Pratiyogita Darpan. He had actually started the preparation for the general studies paper from 9th standard itself. We used to look upto him in awe and respected his dedication towards his goal at a time when we did not even know which stream are we going to opt for after 10th boards.
For me, then, Civil Services had a special enigma that surrounded around it. Respect, Luxury and POWER.
From the times of the British Raj till today, much has changed in the way the Indian Civil Service has been organized and the way the exams have been conducted. Although with the advent of privatization and the service sector boom in the economy, ICS has not lost its following and many youngsters, mostly from Kerela, Bihar and U.P. spend years together to get through the grueling exam procedure.
But the inspiration or rather the lack of it that made me write this is day before yesterday’s news item in TOI where a survey ranks Indian civil servants at the bottom of the pile among their other Asian counterparts.
Dubbed as the most suffocating and painful bureaucratic system in Asia, Indian Civil servants are a power centre in their own right and have their influence in affecting major government decisions. Corruption is rampant and that too in the open! Babu does not show up in office because he is on a vacation with his family in the Alps, courtesy the tax payer’s money and the bribes of course…
The problem does not remain at the top, its a chain reaction that continues uptil the level of a chaprasi (peon). See aditi’s take on this…
By the way that friend of mine is still preparing to crack the IAS; after all who doesn’t want to reap in the benefits of one’s hard work, isn’t it?