Bureaucrats accountability to people

The word bureaucracy together with communism and imperialism forms a trident, the most forceful weapon in the armoury of words so widely used in the present day political controversies. In free translation a desk government. But in common use, it acquired colour and power as emotion raiser and battle cry. Through distortion and extensive caricature it has come to imply bungling, arbitrariness and waste. It has originated as a system of personnel management; the officials were servants of the ruler exercised his autocratic power. Thus the official wielded high authority over the people and were, obviously, deaf to public opinion. That become a distinct and permanent career with regular gradation of positions with salaries, privilages etc. An extensive training on technical lines was imparted to them to make them experts in their spheres of activity. Though the system gave efficiency to administration and secures unity and concentration of power.

Bureaucracy in India

In developing countries, like India, this power of bureaucracy is increasing as a necessary concomitant of planned and democratic development. The chances that these powers may be misused have increased manifold. With the level of education and economic power of major chunk of citizen still very low, the chances of abuse or misuse of power and discretion vested in the administration are assumed to be fairly large. On the other hand, even if the citizen makes an unreasonable demand on the administration which cannot be responded, he may put the entire blame on the administration, the fellow citizen pitch their voices in accusing administration. There will be no widespread belief in official apathy and indifference to public grievances.

Nothing practically moves in administration, unless one has the influence or money or both. Those, who do not possess these virtues of the modern world, are at the receiving end. They get disillusioned with the system and the political backing and finally with the government itself. The ideological differences ultimately lead to violence, arson and bloodshed as witnessed in recent few years. Corruption became the necessary evil in every field of life, today bureaucrats have to function in an environment which is neither healthy nor conducive for efficient functioning. While political malpractices demoralise the bureaucrats, the political pressure make the life difficult for them. No wonder, they fail to function in an impartial manner and become unresponsive to public opinion.

Over a period of time, through perseverance and awareness in bureaucracy on the public welfare, the only reason it has been created for, the bonds are to be forged. The lesser the areas of tension between them, the greater will be the cooperation from the public which then stops viewing the bureaucracy with coloured eyes and the result is, if not autopian Welfare state the nearest to it.

Laws are not publicised, nor discussed on electronic media to educate the masses. Everything is purposely kept secret. Political malpractices demoralise the bureaucrats, the political pressure make the life difficult for them. There should be a professional morale antipathetic to bureaucratic rigidity.

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