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Just 11 IAS officers have been empanelled by the government this year for joint secretary posts, down from 87 officers in 2014.
The opening up of the civil service to qualified outsiders has brought down one of India's stoutest walls.
There is not only a need to induct professionals in the ministries, but it is equally important that they are given the space to express their views on files and in meetings.
We now have a system where a potato expert is looking after defence, a veterinary doctor is supervising engineers, and a history graduate is dictating the health policy.