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Bureaucrats, more than politicians, are responsible for the mess created around Durga Shakti Nagpal
Once upon a time Indian Civil Service (ICS), later known as Indian Administrative Service(IAS), was known for its efficiency, intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, courage, social commitment, professionalism, neutrality, pragmatism and etiquette which distinguished it from other professions. But in the last two-three decades, there has been deterioration in their rank and file because of greed for money and power which has finally undermined their authority and made them subservient to their political masters.

Following orders of political masters in a democracy is a routine affair and as such there is nothing wrong in that. Anyway, political leaders are answerable to the people and they have to make many compromises at times to keep their vote banks intact. Earlier,if an IAS officer was found corrupt, it used to make big news. But now we are reduced to another level. Now, IAS officers like Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal are in the news because they are honest and they tried to follow the law of the land. Who is responsible for this mess?

It's the bureaucrats themselves who are solely responsible. It all started when a nexus between touts, bureaucrats and politicians was established to corner publicmoney and resources. These political touts gradually established good rapport with both politicians and babus. The problem started when these powerful political touts realised their real value and equipped with financial powers jumped into politics themselves. So a crack was visible in well-established chainwhich resulted in chaos and broke the backbone of bureaucracy.

A subservient babu had to adopt a role of a slave, willingly or unwillingly. What we are witnessing today is a result of this nexus. Bureaucrats, more than politicians, must take responsibility for this sorry state of affairs. But it's good news that we still have courageous and upright officers like Durga Shakti Nagpal who evoke optimism. Her campaign against the sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh drew praise, but she was slapped with a suspension order. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was allegedly influenced by politicians to get her out. It is no longer a simple case now.

The Centre has sought a report from Samajwadi Party-led UP Government on suspension of Durga. The move comes in thebackdrop of Congress president Sonia Gandhi writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that Durga Sakthi Nagpal, a 2010-batch officer, should not be "unfairly treated".

The Prime Minister himself holds the charge of Ministry of Personnel, the nodal department for administrative matters of IAS cadre. The positive outcome of this episode is that Durga's suspension has evoked sharp reaction from Opposition parties and she is getting tremendous support from people. Anger, disgust and distrust against corrupt politicians are quite obvious. Fight against corruption is tough as corrupt people have all powers, including the state machinery at their disposal. This leads to panic and frustration among common man. But this is desirable as is bound to lead us to a higher stage of advancement , though gradually.

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