In Indian democracy, good governance has always been a matter of concern. Most of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls have been fought around the issue of good governance, about which most of political parties do talk tirelessly. Once a new government is formed, the first thing the head of the government does is the reshuffle of bureaucrats. Haryana is also not an exception. Ever since the BJP came to power in the state under the leadership of Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief Minister, he has opted for bureaucratic reshuffle at a regular interval.
Transfer and posting of bureaucrats is the prerogative of Chief Minister, which he is free to exercise the way he wants. Sometimes, he has accede to the pressure of ministerial colleagues and a couple of bureaucrats are shifted here and there, but posting and transfer at a large scale takes place only when the Chief Minister feels the need to so in which the role of his office, popularly known as CMO, factors quite prominently as well.In Haryana, good governance has always been a major issue, which cannot be achieved just by shifting officers from time to time.
At the same time, officers cannot and should not be allowed to stick to one particular position for more than three years, but when the government has to deal with IAS officers, yardsticks need to be applied differently. Contrary to general perceptions, India’s IAS officers are quite competent and sensible, barring exceptions which must be in a miniscule minority. If given a free hand to work, they can perform quite well. They shall be happy if they are held accountable for their failures in discharging responsibilities provided they are given a fair chance to exercise their rights and powers to discharge those stated responsibilities in an effective manner.
Unfortunately many times they are expected to perform either against vacuums or piled up constraints. Like any other small state, in Haryana bureaucrats are seen as ‘a highly politicised’ lot. The current regime is said to be upset with the fact that most of top bureaucrats are carrying the so-called soft corner for either the Congress or the INLD, something which is purely a matter of perception, largely based on the feedback the government gets from the party cadres.