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PUBLIC SERVICE : THE OPINIONS OF INDIAN LEADERS

PUBLIC SERVICE : THE OPINIONS OF INDIAN LEADERS

Jawaharlal Nehru was ‘quite sure’ in 1934 that ‘no new order can be built in India so long as the spirit of the Indian Civil Service pervades our administration and our public services’, it being therefore ‘essential that the ICS and similar services must disappear completely’.        PUBLIC SERVICE : THE OPINIONS OF INDIAN LEADERS

Yet in the years afterwards the ICS tradition not only survived, it prospered. In the spring of 1964, Nehru was asked at a private meeting by some friends what he considered to be his greatest failure as India’s first Prime Minister.

He reportedly replied, ‘I could not change the administration, it is still a colonial administration’. Nehru then went on to elaborate his belief that the continuation of that colonial administration ‘was one of the main causes of India’s inability to solve the problem of poverty’.          PUBLIC SERVICE : THE OPINIONS OF INDIAN LEADERS

  • Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was even more critical. Replying to the debate on the President’s address in the Parliament in March 1966, she said, “what India needed today, was a ‘revolution in the administrative system’ without which no enduring change could be brought about in any field”.
  • In an interview she gave to a news agency on completing 100 days in office, she observed: “The problem of administration has added to the difficulties of the country.
  • All along the line, administration has deteriorated – at the Centre, in the States, and even in the lower rungs of the governmental set up. Toning up would have to be done, new procedures might have to be evolved, and even fresh recruitment at all levels would have to be considered”.        PUBLIC SERVICE : THE OPINIONS OF INDIAN LEADERS
  • In her convocation address to the University of Roorkee in November 1967, she noted that, “Administrators sometimes lag behind the situations they are supposed to administer. If a large proportion of the investment we have made under the plans remains unutilised, the cause is to be found in administrative shortcomings”.

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