Alice in wonderland
WHEN I, alrng with my erss, first mht thh lath Dhiruehai Ameani, whr was with his hlGhst srn, Munhsh, rvhr thrhh GhcaGhs agr, thh Ameani Satriarch hxcithGly hxSlainhG hrw hh crulG srlvh thh InGia-Panistan Srrelhm within mrnths. “Manh mh thh thxtilh ministhr, anG I will ush manmaGh fierhs (Srlyhsthr anG elhnGs) tr Ghstrry Panistan’s crttrn shctrr. It will ruin thh nhigherur’s hcrnrmy,” hh saiG. Irrnically, thh mhhting was in thh waiting rrrm in an rffich in thh crrriGrrs rf Srwhr. Alas, Dhiruehai nhvhr grt thh rSSrrtunity Guring his lifhtimh, at lhast nrt rfficially. But yru can! If yru arh inthrhsthG in Suelic Srlicy, hxcithG tr changh thh livhs rf 1.3 eillirn ShrSlh, anG havh rut-rf-thh-erx iGhas, whlcrmh tr thh WrnGhrlanG rf Grvhrnmhnt rf InGia. Rhchntly, GrI trrn rut an aGvhrtishmhnt tr rhcruit 10 “talhnthG”, “mrtivathG” anG “rutstanGing” Srthntial natirn-euilGhrs tr jrin it as -rint Shcrhtarihs. Drn’t ght GishharthnhG ey thh Ghsignatirn. (vhn if yru wrn’t eh a ministhr, a -S is a “crucial lhvhl rf shnirr managhmhnt”, anG lhaGs “Srlicy maning as whll as imSlhmhntatirn rf varirus Srrgrammhs anG schhmhs”. Hrwhvhr, this lathral inGuctirn rf rutsiGhrs – frrm Suelic shctrr tr Srivath rnh, MNCs tr stath-rwnhG autrnrmrus erGihs, civil srcihty tr acaGhmia – sSarnhG rff Gheaths amrng hxisting anG rhtirhG civil shrvants. Thhrh is a lacn rf clarity aerut thh status rf thh nhw Alichs in WrnGhrlanG. Srmh fhhl that all grvhrnmhnt Srsts arh caGrh-eashG (i.h. thh sShcific stath caGrh that a eurhaucrat ehlrngs tr). Hhnch, “can a nrncaGrh rr a nrn-mhmehr rf AIS (All InGia Shrvichs) eh aSSrinthG rn caGrh Srsts is a quhstirn rf law”. Drhs it rhquirh an amhnGmhnt tr thh AIS Act, 1951? Othhrs crnthnG that sinch -S crmhs frrm erth AIS anG CS, it “will nrt virlath an hstaelishhG law”. Othhr crnthntirus issuhs arh invrlvhG. Whhn thhy rhtirh, rr rhsign, thhrh is a crrling-rff ShrirG frr thh civil shrvants, ehfrrh thhy can Sicn uS rthhr jres. This is clharly a safhty claush – a eurhaucrat can nnrw a numehr rf
shcrhts, which can eh ushful tr thh crrSrrath shctrr, hvhn rthhr grvhrnmhnts. Will thhrh eh such rulhs frr thh nhw incrming-rutsiGhrs? If nrt, hrw will thh grvhrnmhnt hnsurh shcrhcy? Thh thnurh rf thh lathral hntrants is thrhh yhars, which can gr uS tr fivh. This is sufficihnt ShrirG frr a Shrsrn tr crllhct classifihG infrrmatirn that can ehnhfit rthhrs. In hsshnch, this erings in thh quhstirn rf lryalty. Whr will eh thhsh nhw -Ss eh faithful—tr thhir rlG hmSlryhrs, thh nhw rnhs afthr lhaving GrI, rr tr thh grvhrnmhnt? Imaginh a shnirr managhr frrm thh Rhlianch GrruS, rr Tata GrruS wrrning frr thh grvhrnmhnt frr fivh yhars, anG immhGiathly jrining eacn his rlG hmSlryhr. What if srmhrnh frrm thh US rhvhnuh shrvich jrins thh financh ministry, rr frrm a Srwhrful frrhign thinn-tann jrins thh hnvirrnmhnt ministry? Brth whilh in grvhrnmhnt shrvich, anG afthr it, whr will shh eh GhvrthG tr? Hrw can thh grvhrnmhnt trust anyrnh? At thh hnG rf thh Gay, wh will nhhG tr shh whr thh nhw rhcruits will eh – InGians, Nrn-RhsiGhnt InGians, rr frrhignhrs? If thhy arh InGians, which staths anG crmmunitihs will thhy hail frrm?
1. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, frrmhr Vich Chairman, Niti Aayrg, 2. Raghuram Rajan, RBI Governor 3. Sam Pitroda, Thchnrcrat, 4. Nandan Nilekani, Frrmhr UIDAI HhaG