Thursday, October 31, 2013

SC to bureaucrats: Don't take oral instructions from netas

The Supreme Court on Thursday drastically reduced political pressure on top bureaucrats by ruling that they must get an assured minimum tenure in posting.

"Fixed tenure of bureaucrats will promote professionalism, efficiency and good governance," the SC bench observed. "Much of the deterioration in the functioning of bureaucracy is due to political interference," the SC said.

The SC also directed the Centre and state governments to pass an order within three months on giving fixed tenure to civil servants.

The apex court also empowered top bureaucrats to record in writing the oral instruction of political bosses on files so as not to be hounded later on for a particular decision.

The SC said that such recording of political instructions by bureaucrats will also help in promoting transparency and will allow general public to access correct information.

The verdict, which is on the line of apex court's earlier order on police reforms for giving fixed tenure to senior police officers in Prakash Singh case, will go a long way in giving freedom and independence to the functioning of bureaucracy.

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