Significant increase in non-IAS officers’ appointments to joint and additional secretaries is good. India’s steel frame is getting rusted for lack of competition and disincentives for mediocrity. IAS needs a drastic overhaul — from recruitment process to performance-based, not assured or time-bound, promotions. Induction of non-IAS officers must also be merit-based.
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Lateral entry in India’s bureaucracy the right step. IAS rusting for lack of competition
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