Friday, 21 January, 2022

Topic: Bureacracy

Pakistan’s civil service reforms ignores top performers and specialised recruitment

Pakistan’s much-awaited reforms for the civil service seem to be more of an attempt to reform the civil servant rather than the civil service.

It’s 2021 and the Indian bureaucracy remains the greatest impediment to progress

Covid has exposed the worst of Indian bureaucracy, which puts paperwork over making people’s lives easier.

Parota-vs-roti tax fight will exist until Indian policymakers let go of Socialist mindset

The roti-vs-parota battle is hardly India’s first tax classification problem. Remember chappal vs sandal? It’s a problem with how Indian officials function.

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.

The other Covid crisis — India caught between a charismatic PM and servile bureaucrats

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit India, it has been clear that the bureaucratic structure Modi built is not delivering. And sometimes, it’s becoming part of the problem.

4,000 rules in 4 months: Are civil servants creating chaos in India’s Covid-19 management?

India’s Covid-19 response is being led by civil servants, but the large number of bureaucratic orders on a daily basis have created chaos among businesses and the public.

Health secretary Preeti Sudan gets 3-month extension amid big-ticket IAS reshuffle

The extension for Sudan is significant because the health ministry is at the forefront of India's battle against coronavirus.

IAS has emerged as India’s steel frame of resistance against coronavirus

Modi government has continuously undermined the IAS, chipping away its rights and privileges. But the coronavirus pandemic is seeing the comeback of IAS officers.

Minister-IAS tiff grows in Rajasthan — another top civil servant defies his boss

Ravi Shanker Srivastava, chairman of Rajasthan State Roadways Transport Corporation, stopped the tender process of e-buses, announced by the transport minister.

In IAS training academy, women civil servants are seen by male colleagues as husband-hunters

Women IAS officers were seen as seeking spouses among their own kind, because no one would marry them now that they were in the IAS.

On Camera


How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

The market for on-demand, digital tasks is estimated by the World Bank to be worth $25 billion, with Meta Platforms, Amazon, YouTube as some of the biggest buyers.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.