PM Modi's tough love energises India's bureaucrats
Published on Jun 12, 2014 4:28 PM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told India's civil servants to throw out dusty files, clear clutter from corridors and may even demand that they work a six-day week.
The apparatchiks? They are apparently loving it.
Within days of taking office, Mr Modi issued 10 administrative commandments. The first: Build Up Confidence in the Bureaucracy. "This is unprecedented. Power has been shifted," said Mr Suhaib Ilyasi, editor of Bureaucracy Today, a professional journal. "The bureaucrats are feeling happy - even though they will have to work harder," he added. In a readers' poll, more than 70 per cent backed Mr Modi's shakeup.
It's a huge turnaround for a state apparatus that, despite recruiting its top cadres through tough competitive examinations, has been ranked as Asia's worst by one political risk consultancy.
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