From the Editor : Anil Tyagi

COME August 15, 2016, we will celebrate 70 years of Independent India. India has travelled a long way socially, economically and politically. It’s time for introspection. What should be the roadmap for a new vibrant India? What is the apparatus on hand for such a voyage? India desires impeccable, hardworking, and result-oriented civil servants. The file pusher’s epoch has disappeared. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started experimenting in assigning posts to the civil servant in a non-traditional way.

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Unusual times for civil services

OF late, a number of civil servants in central ministries are feeling dispirited because of the allegedly overbearing attitude of the Prime Minister’s Office not according them the importance they had enjoyed in the previous dispensation. They say that the constitutional and statutory systems have been given a go by in the present regime. Institutions are not required to perform their time honoured function and there is virtually nothing left for the many ministry officials to do except wait for directions from the PMO, which seems to be micromanaging everything.

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The IAS Dilemma : To be or not to be!

For reforming a system or institution, you need catalysts with close synergy. But, certainly not the ivy-league foreign universities or aid agencies that have no knowledge of India’s roots and ethos. INDIA is commemorating the silver jubilee of the Liberalisation-Privatisation-Globalisation (LPG) reforms that commenced in July of 1991.

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Why change the financial year?

The government has appointed a committee to consider a change in the financial year but without specifying any reasons for the need to do so. ONE morning’s newspapers carried the news that the central government has decided to consider a change in the present Financial Year [April 1 to March 31] without any demands surfacing from any quarters. Simultaneously, an announcement was also made about the constitution of a four-member committee, comprising of three retired bureaucrats, one of them being the retired Chief Economic Advisor of the Government of India and the Chairman of the committee.

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Indian Agriculture:Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

ONE of the major achievements of the country has been food self sufficiency in spite of rapid population increase, which has reached about 1.21 billion (Census 2011). The Green Revolution Technology has transformed the country from a food deficit to a food self sufficient one in recent times. During the 11th Plan Period (2007-08 to 2012-13), the average annual growth in agriculture and allied sector has been 3.6 per cent, highest during the recent decade, even though it is short of the targeted 4 per cent, which was set as the targeted growth for 12th Five Year Plan.

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