<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="90%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=DCHeadText align=left>Pay panel: Hire Officers on contract</TD></TR><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD class=DCText>
</TD></TR><TR><TD class=DCText>New Delhi, Oct. 11: The Sixth Pay Commission headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna (Retd) plans to recommend to the government that it hire bureaucrats in future on a contract basis in order to increase the efficiency of the administration. The commission, whose recommendations are, however, not binding on the government, is expected to submit them formally by March or April next year.
Justice Srikrishna, when asked if he was advocating a “hire and fire” policy for senior government officials, said: “Why not? If you want to end the security of tenure, then such an alternative (contractual approach) needs to be examined. It is a logical corollary that needs to be looked at.” Justice Srikrishna said there was a “dire need” to develop “a spirit of competitiveness in governance in order to end the prevailing mai baap attitude.” In a no-holds-barred interview to this newspaper, he added: “We believe a bureaucrat’s salary must be related to his performance. If he performs well, he must be rewarded; if not, he should be taken to task. As the Indian Navy says, ‘Shape Up or Ship Out’. We are at present working out the parameters of how such a policy can be implemented.” The Pay Commission chairman said there was need for a complete overhaul of the entire administrative system.
“We are studying the whole issue of the extent to which excessive security of tenure has affected government servants at all levels. The Administrative Reforms Commission has also looked into this at considerable length. When departmental action has to be taken against a bureaucrat, the matter will drag on interminably for years and years.
“The question to be asked is: why does a private company provide results, whereas this is not the case with the government? We keep talking about making India a superpower with growth rates exceeding nine per cent. “To bring this about, every aspect of the nation needs to gear up to achieve these results. “We cannot have a BMW engine attached to a khattara gadi. I am an optimist. Yeh kyoon nahi ho sakta hai?”
Well said justice ! It appears that he hasforgotten that he is heading the Pay Commission in India where the governmenbt is helpless in implementing a simple and specific Act like RTI Act. Will the left parties on whose shoulder the present government rest will ever support this view ? It appears that he wish to defeat Sir Thomas More.