BITTER PILL

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Jul 2017 12:33:27


INDIAN bureaucracy has earned itself a dubious distinction of being lethargic, inept, unadoptive to change and unaccountable to the people. There are of course some exceptions. But they are rare to find. The main reason behind this sickening attitude is that the officials know that ministers may come and go but they would remain in the job till their retirement. Therefore, it has become extremely difficult to get desired results from the officials. This malaise is proving to be a big impediment in the path of country’s march towards progress. The Government has, therefore, thought it fit to administer a bitter pill to non-performing officials and cure the system of the malaise. It has taken action against 381 officers including 24 from the Indian Administrative Services for their alleged involvement in illegal activities and non-performance. This is a welcome step and may help in imbibing discipline and work culture among the errant officials. While leaders are accountable to people and have to seek fresh mandate every five years, babus are accountable to none and enjoy all the perks. This must end at once.

tech obsession

THE demise of well known scientist Prof. Yash Pal at the ripe old age of 90 leaves the Indian scientific community the poorer. That he was a scientist of world renown and that he made signal contribution to the study of cosmic rays, is one part of the story of Prof. Yash Pal. More endearing part of his story was that he was a man who made immense contribution to popularising science in India. He was one of the visionaries who created the great concept of the famed ‘Country-wide Classroom’ programme on Doordarshan, taking science to doorstep of every Indian home. Prof. Yash Pal could be called as one of the pioneers of modern Indian science in every field. He represented an emerging generation of young scientists when India became free in 1947. He realised his responsibility to spread message of science and made great contribution, which made him a front runner with people like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Dr. Homi Bhabha, others. Despite his greatness, Prof. Yash Pal often played himself down. That made him everybody’s darling, though.