Indian Administrative Service is the backbone of the executive authority in India. Coming from diverse backgrounds, cultures and regions, these officers under one roof truly encompass the feeling of ‘unity in diversity’. The UPSC is responsible for the selection of the officers in a fair and transparent manner, exhibiting faith in the noble ideas of democracy. The diverse and rich experience of the members of the service allows the officers to handle the complexity of on the job administrative situations and therefore adds to the valor of the post itself. It is perfectly described as ‘permanent executive’ because they generally serve the country until their age of retirement and do not fall with the fall in the ‘political executive’.
· Regular exchange programmes (like University Students) with foreign bureaucrats would add to their skills and capabilities and would ultimately provide innovative ideas to deal with the complexities of administration.
· According adequate safeguards to the whistleblower (with certain exceptional cases) would arm our officers against the ‘war on corruption’.
· Loosening unnecessary regulations, strengthening UPSC like authorities through autonomous functioning, getting rid of archaic laws would enhance the competitiveness and capabilities of our bureaucrats.
· Accepting major recommendations of the ARC II Report without adding any political colour to it could strengthen our executive backbone.
The Indian Administrative Service is not a ‘colonial legacy’ but a dream of an independent India whereby the educated, hard-working youth of our country comes with a very high morale to serve the country and thereby contributing their rich experience to the ever growing and ever expanding dream of a ‘United and Shining India’. For the dream to become a reality, we have no right to keep the IAS in the ‘steel cage’, rather a ‘steel frame’ should be built around this organ of the executive so that it could work for the betterment of our society, region as well as the country in large.