Over the last 50 years I have had the occasion to closely interact with some very good, not so good and some very awful Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police. But the current Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma and DGP Dr Muktesh Chander could be rated very poorly for their miserable performance as both talk a lot but have sadly failed to walk their talk.
As the two most vital beauracrats of the State it was incumbent on them to be vigilant and loyal to the interests of Goa. But the two having acting as caged parrots of the ruling brigade have failed in their bounden duty to safeguard even the fundamental provisions of our Constitution and the framework of law.
The bureaucrats should be independent and impartial while ensuring that the administration is free from political interference. They should not shamelessly bow, bend and crawl all over, while blindly signing on the dotted line at the dictates of the political bosses. Infact the bureaucrats must strictly function within the parameters of law and cannot end up being spineless slaves of the Political masters.
A bureaucrat by law is constitutionally duty bound to be politically neutral at all times. Ruling politicians cannot be using bureaucrats as pawns in their political games. We need to stem this interdependent chronic relationship that exists between Ministers and Civil servants. For Good Governance and Rule of law to prevail, the political neutrality and impartiality of the civil servants is very vital. With bureaucrats acting as colluding caged parrots, the ruling party has been able to carry on with the further destruction and degradation of Goa. Once the Pearl of the Orient, it has now been reduced to a Corruption embedded gambling, prostitution, narcotics and crime hub.
The law requires that no Government servant should be politically biased or inclined to any party. May these great words of our late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam be an inspiration to them all in the discharge of their duties. "If you salute your duty, you no need to salute anybody, but if you pollute your duty, you have to salute everybody".
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