Bureaucracy – Induction from the Private Sector into Civil Services .
The Rising India Party, if required through constitutional amendments, would open the civil services to recruitment from the civil, private sector based on the normal processes of recruitment that already exist in the private corporate sector of functioning.
Based on job descriptions and profiles identified for filling several and appropriate roles in various ministries, experienced professionals would be employed to strengthen the civil services and give it depth of experience and thought so that the nation has at its disposal the best talent that govern the nation at any given point of time.
For specialist senior positions, where such positions are needed for limited time periods, these can be contractual with preset contracts that could be 3 to 5 years in first instance.
These could be renewable tenures of three to five-year contract renewable system which would carry other benefits as defined for each tenure period
For those who are employed for 15 years, the government could consider pension and retirement benefits if a person has delivered satisfactory service.
Such benefits could be covered through contributions into insurance cum pension funds by the government as part of the compensation on cost to company, i.e. cost to government basis.
This dual, two tier recruitments, one purely from the direct recruitment of youngsters through the competitive exams and interview process, and the other supplemented through private sector recruitment of the best available talent for certain functions would ensure that India has a bureaucracy that is always at the cutting edge of its managerial and governance talent.
The civil servants functioning in different roles must have complete clarity of record; on the record of their functioning and acknowledgment of accomplishment must be a matter of record.
The system of giving and acknowledging credit where it is due must replace the story of someone gives the idea or delivers work and others take the credit. This is theft of the first order, and unethical in the extreme. It has to be stopped. This needs to be thought through and worked upon in detail on practical basis.
For example, if there is a certain idea that has been put forth, accepted and has contributed to the national narrative positively, the author of this idea must be acknowledged and the file itself must reflect this as such.
Similarly, good work delivered by anyone, must be so acknowledged on the record.
if there is project in which a group of civil servants are involved each person's contribution and notation must be noted on the record, as also the final decision maker must be acknowledged.
In order to create a sense of security and fearlessness, amongst the civil servants the should laws stipulate that the civil servant taking a decision, if it turns out to be a wrong decision for any reason will not be penalized unless there is mal-intent that would need to be proven; the burden of proof would lie with the accuser or assessor.
A sound evaluation process would be put in place where, if a decision has not turned out right, a deep dive assessment would be carried out.
Such situations would apply only to major above certain threshold decisions
Audit groups comprising three to five members with appropriate experience and intelligence to evaluate why a decision went wrong, what were the reasons, so that it becomes a learning and constantly learning and evaluating bureaucracy would be the moto of the Indian bureaucracy.
These processes would be in place only for major areas or decisions.
Similarly, if any bureaucrat takes a right decision or brings into focus or is responsible for the development of policies or is an excellent implementer of policies such facts must be acknowledged and the actual progression of the bureaucrat would be impacted by such positive reports
The income or compensation levels of bureaucrats need to become a mixture of salary and performance incentive, so that meritocracy is the new norm and promoted throughout the system.