Having been in the Govt set up for more than 35 years, after getting Engg qualifications from one of the top institute of the country-IIT Delhi, I have experienced the following-
-Existing administrative/political system/bureaucracy is broadly insensitive to fairness, merit & integrity, is generally,egoistic self-centred & try to promote the interests of their close-knit group
-There is hardly any accountability of their actions/misuse of powers.
-Result-mis-governance, corruption, delay in projects,
-Honest & meritorious dedicated officials[mainly] are badly affected!
-Because of raw deal to their establishment interests, they run from pillar to post and then are constrained to knock the doors of the Courts.
-Going the Court is a Finance/nerve shattering experience!.
- Honest & Conscientious officials suffer for years.
- Manipulative, networked, unscrupulous senior officers abuse powers for personal gains.-Result-Country`s works suffer. Development funds get wasted due to poor planning, design, award, execution, monitoring etc etc.
- -Despite well-staffed Law Deptts, some organisations field top private lawyers of the country to defend their cases in the Courts.This is done, as only State money/funds, are used for paying huge fees to the engaged lawyers.
This has resulted in-
. Abdication of duties by the Senior Officers, as they either take un-fair decisions or delay the matters for years
-Clogging of Courts with huge Service Matters cases.
-Govt spending huge money on private lawyers fees, even on service matters .On the other hand ,hapless employees,spend from their own meagre funds.
THIS IS UNFAIR & INEQUITOUS.
In case the State loose the service matters case, despite fielding top private lawyers, then state money spent on the LOST CASE, should be recovered from the personal funds of those officers who delayed the matters or did not take decisions, as per the laid down rules,thus forcing the aggrieved employees to go to the Court.
WHAT MAY HAPPEN?.
-Send right signals in the administrative system
-Bring about accountability.
-Reduction of no of cases in the Courts, if we consider all India scenario/figures.
-Save thousand of crores of State funds per year,if these will be recovered from defaulting officers.
Bring about efficiency in the system.
Director-Giraffe Heroes India, www.giraffe.org
Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences,New Delhi www.issin.org