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    ...But such self-improvement will not happen automatically; the government will have to institute an incentive structure, devote greater attention to career management and provide opportunities for specialisation. How the government should approach this task is the thrust of this article. Arguably the biggest question confronting the IAS is its lack of specialisation. The IAS was modelled on the colonial era Indian Civil Service as a generalist service to deliver the core functions of the state — collect taxes and maintain law and order. The challenge of development in a large, populous and impoverished country was probably not on the radar screen when the IAS was designed. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 25, 2017, 12:10 a.m.

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    ... Few issues in civil service reform arouse more passion and acrimony than lateral entry into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). It is talked about, off and on, both within the government and outside, but has not been acted upon. We believe it is an idea whose time has not only come, but one which is overdue. The case for lateral entry is strong. First, the IAS has been designed for the pre-reform India of a dominant state. The logic of economic reforms that began in 1991 is for the state to yield space to the market; as we deepen reforms, it becomes even more imperative for the government to understand the impact of its policies on stakeholders — the private sector, the non-government sector and the larger public. The IAS officers, on the other hand, see the government only from within. Sure, there are efforts to reach out to the stakeholders, but is that an adequate substitute to having within the government itself, people who have “experienced” the government from the outside? ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 9, 2017, midnight

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    ... Few issues in civil service reform arouse more passion and acrimony than lateral entry into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). It is talked about, off and on, both within the government and outside, but has not been acted upon. We believe it is an idea whose time has not only come, but one which is overdue. The case for lateral entry is strong. First, the IAS has been designed for the pre-reform India of a dominant state. The logic of economic reforms that began in 1991 is for the state to yield space to the market; as we deepen reforms, it becomes even more imperative for the government to understand the impact of its policies on stakeholders — the private sector, the non-government sector and the larger public. The IAS officers, on the other hand, see the government only from within. Sure, there are efforts to reach out to the stakeholders, but is that an adequate substitute to having within the government itself, people who have “experienced” the government from the outside? ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 9, 2017, midnight

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    ...This is no less relevant for India.For a nation shadow-boxing with the twin spectres of economic gloom and political despair and distracted by non-debates between stalwart economists, the times beseech a new economic and social policy conversation.A word cloud of the mainstream debates on economic reforms here will reveal the easing of foreign direct investment norms, financial deregulation, liberalisation of labour laws, corporate tax reforms and infrastructure creation as the priorities.This, while undoubtedly important for economic growth, betrays a narrow and short-sighted approach that overlooks other, equally important determinants of growth.Primarily, any serious debate on a development model has to go beyond aggregate measures of growth and also address distributional issues.We need a conversation that holds out the promise that all Indians can benefit from economic growth. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 16, 2013, 2:14 a.m.

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    ...Take the recurring instances of midday meal poisoning, the latest being the tragedy in Bihar's Saran district.If the headmaster follows the minimum protocols for management of the kitchen and school inspectors do basic supervision, and all these processes are embedded in an institutionalised system of accountability, such incidents could easily be averted.In its absence, even a mundane task like running a school kitchen, when done in scale, seems fraught with complications."State capability" can be broadly defined as the ability of a government bureaucracy to get things done.It is a measure of the state's institutional capacity and organisational capital to effectively implement its programmes and deliver basic public services to its citizens. ...

    Indian Express on July 31, 2013, 5:45 a.m.