New Delhi: According to a prominent United States think-tank, the Indian administrative services need urgent reform to avoid the risk of institutional decline. The opinion was shared on Friday where the think-tank raised concerns about political interference and outdated personnel procedures in the Indian civil services.

The Carnegie report stated that political interference led to substantial inefficiency where the important positions are not held by the best officers.

“Unfortunately, the IAS is hamstrung by political interference, outdated personnel procedures, and a mixed record on policy implementation, and it is in need of urgent reform,” it was mentioned in “The Indian Administration Services Meets Big Data” released on Friday by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“The Indian government should reshape recruitment and promotion processes, improve performance-based assessment of individual officers, and adopt safeguards that promote accountability while protecting bureaucrats from political meddling,” the report said.

The US think-tank also suggested that the Indian Central and State governments should pass pending legislations which will curb political interference in the transfer and the positions held in the Indian Administrative Service. It also stressed the importance of the fact that there should be a career benchmark for officers who are unfit to serve by compulsorily retiring them.

“Further research is needed to better understand the impact of local officers on development outcomes, to develop data on bureaucratic efficiency among officers in senior posts, and to systematically examine the workings of state-level bureaucracies,” the report said.

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