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Maintain fixed tenure for civil servants: SC
In a landmark verdict the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the civil servants should not act on verbal orders of theirs political bosses, and have sought to end frequent transfers of bureaucrats. Fixed tenures have been suggested by the apex court to insulate civil servants from political interference.

The judgement has come close on the heels of controversies surrounding Ashok Khemka, IAS officer of Haryana cadre over DLF-Robert Vadra land deal, and Durga Sakhti Nagpal, UP cadre IAS officer, who was targeted by the state government for alleged misconduct, reported Times Of India.

The bench headed by Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan said Parliament must enact a law to regulate postings, transfers and disciplinary actions against bureaucrats.

Holding that ?much of the deterioration in bureaucracy is because of political interference, it said that civil servants should not act on verbal orders given by political executives and all actions must be taken by them on the basis of written communication,? reported The Hindu.

The bench also comprising Justice P. C. Ghose said giving a fixed minimum tenure to a civil servant will ensure good governance and will promote professionalism and efficiency.

The court has directed centre, state and Union Territories to issue directions within three months. The bench also said civil services board should be constituted at centre and state levels.

The apex court passed the verdict on PIL filed by 83 retired bureaucrats including former cabinet secretary T. S. R. Subramanian, former Indian Ambassador to U.S. Abid Hussain, former chief election commissioner- N Gopalswami, T.S. Krishnamurthy seeking in insulating bureaucracy from politics.

"This is a landmark judgement. Public servants are not private servants. Today faith in our Constitution has been reaffirmed...our faith in the strength of democracy has been reaffirmed because the highest court of the land has recognised the problems," Subramanian said after the verdict, The Indian Express reported.

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