Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dare I be cynical?

This is almost like a dream come true. One the one hand I am tempted to be cynical and dismiss this report and its proposals as merely another one of hundreds of reports that are prepared every year which are ignored, forgotten and gather dust over time in some bureaucrats office. But since the suggestions made by the Administrative Reforms Commission are exactly the same as those I have been articulating for quite some time now, I am choosing to be optimistic.

If they (bureaucrats) fail to deliver, they will be shipped out to make way for outsiders who can join the civil service at senior positions.

... the ARC has suggested a leadership cadre — Senior Executive Service (SES) — to be created where officers are selected from among other services such as police, customs and income tax as well as from the private sector.

And to ensure that “young people infused with a sense of idealism and public service” constitute the bulk of bureaucracy, the ARC suggests that the maximum age for writing civil service entrance examination be lowered to 25 years from 30 years for general candidates with writing attempts reduced to three from four

Now, I'm not entirely sure if I completely agree with the last suggestion, but I do believe that it's quite necessary to beak out the feudal system that dictates the civil services and encourage talented, ambitious, passionate and idealistic individuals to contribute at all levels.


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