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Re: admn. reform

[Topics under debate]: Free Citizen, Long Term Vision, Preamble
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Sanjeev Sabhlok wrote:

> [out of topic]
> i have noticed that one of the primary stumbling blocks for India is
> that IAS officers, who man most of the important positions in India, are
> generally steeped in socialist thinking. Much of that arises from the kind
> of training given in the Academy, where basics of price formation and
> efficiency of competition are not even touched upon. in the admn reform
> section, i propose that we add;
> "The training of bureaucrats will include a deep understanding of
> prices, competition, and the impossibility of centralized planning.
> Thjey will also be taught to analyze whether the activities they are
> performing can better be done in the private sector."

I would suggest that IAS officers, who represent the interest of the
imperial/central government, are trained to perpetuate imperial/central power
rather than the empowerment of local populations. It is equally easy to dress
these motives in "socialist" garb as it is to dress them in the form of
"competitiveness" or "efficiency".

My personal preference is that administrators be hired or appointed by local
bodies and be made answerable to local representatives rather than to imperial

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