J&K’s Bureaucracy Deficit

No government can run full steam, and with the desired quality, if it faces a deficit of efficient and experienced civil servants who relate to the circumstances they administer. What is even more challenging is to have a bureaucracy which does not identify itself with the needs and the psyche of the people it administers. That J&K state is running the government administration whose size is smaller than what the actual structure entails is a bad news. What is surprising is that the ad hoc arrangements of running the administration by giving multiple responsibilities to one individual civil servant are becoming a norm. When we look at the administrative performance in terms of the overall quality of policy planning, general governance and public service delivery over the last couple of decades in J&K, we get it clearly that something is wrong with our public administration. As a long term strategy, the powers that be in New Delhi and Srinagar would normally be expected to cultivate a bureaucracy in the state that is efficient as well as local. Relying on a bureaucracy that is unrepresentative of the demographic realities has its own pitfalls. No matter the good intentions, knowledge and efficiency, governance is best served by a model where local administrators take the lead in the policy formulation and implementation. The basic science of an efficient and effective public administration demands a bureaucracy that not only knows the intricacies of a system but also owns the process.  A lack of ownership in the system of public administration has been globally found to be one of the most serious limitations impeding effective governance. Given the multiple challenges facing the state, it cannot afford a bureaucracy which is stressed for time, and is unable to engage in a quality process of planning, monitoring and evaluation. Under these circumstances the government must make it a priority to ensure that the state administration is run on its full structure, and the state officers are given responsibilities based on efficiency, integrity, sense of ownership and accountability to their own people.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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