Just like the essentiality of a ladder can be understood when you are desperate to feel the open sky, your needs, and grievances, as a member of social democracy, would merely be a prayer to God without a civil servant. Ummm…It seems too serpentine; let me make this straight. But…wait!! We need a pen. Yeah!! We need a damn pen to ink down our ideas on a blank sheet! Still, scratching your head? Oops!!
Ok, let me try it again. A civil servant acts as a pen: a mediator, to ink down the laws and policies: ideas, which would shape a society– the blank sheet.
Though civil servants build a bridge between the voices of people and the concerned government, clarification is needed to understand whether they work for the government or for the society.
We are going to explore the basic aspects of civil services in the Indian context so that we could answer the aforementioned doubts.
What exactly is it (civil service)?
Civil service referred to as an umbrella term for numerous posts that vary from country to country. For instance, Brazil includes all those working in the executive, legislative and judicial branches. On the contrary, the Civil Services of India is classified into three types-
- (a) All India Services,
- (b) Central Civil services, and
- (c) state civil services.
How are they selected?
Union Public Service Commission conducts a rigorous examination in three stages, to draw the best talents each year. They are judged on the basis of their analytical skills; their ability to handle the pressure situation, and the skills to simplify complex problems.
Who sowed the seed of Civil Services in India?
While Warren Hasting introduced the system, Lord Cornwallis, also known for his permanent settlement act, modernized it. Hence, he is known as “Father of Civil Service in India”.
Why are they important?
Their importance can be gauged from the fact that while governments and ministers can come and go, the Civil Services is a permanent fixture to ensure stability in a society. Suffice to say that though a civil servant works for the government, he can’t turn his back on the society.
A civil servant must have integrity, accountability, objectivity, and honesty in his pocket of conduct. Given the ethnic and religious diversity in India, these precious principles guide him to balance the societal setup. Therefore, no doubt, a civil servant is treated not less than a celebrity in India.
Some famous civil servants of India
By the way, becoming a servant of civil services makes itself famous. Just saying that I am mentioning the names of some famous civil servants would be meaningless in itself. Nevertheless, here I am mentioning the names of some civil servants who have given excellent service in civil services.
She is popularly referred to as The people’s Officer for addressing citizen problems with the aid of concerning people.
She is the first lady IAS officer, in India to be appointed to the Chief Minister’s Office. Her exemplary work as an IAS OFFICER has earned her many accolades and she has become an inspiration to IAS aspirants all over the country.
Once honored as one of the top professional women achievers by India Today, this Kerala Cadre IAS officer was also described by Forbes magazine as ‘an officer who thinks like a businesswoman’. She played an important role in transforming the e-governance of Kerela.
Despite receiving numerous death threats, he never stepped back from his responsibilities. Known for his courage and honesty, Ashok Khemka has already been transferred 45 times in 23 years of his service.
One of the most important strengths of India is its diversity and it is also real when it comes to IAS officers and civil servants, as proved through Mr. Armstrong Pam. Mr. Pame is the first IAS officer from the Zeme tribe of Naga Peoples. Originally from the Tamenglong district of Manipur, Armstrong Palm is known as the ‘Miracle Man’, which constructs a hundred km long road known as “People’s Road” connecting Manipur to Nagaland and Assam. The hardest part of his achievement is that he built “People’s Road” without any monetary help from the authorities. The road was constructed through funds provided by the general public and cash raised through social media. He went ahead and contributed his own salary for this purpose. He is a real hero and is an avatar of the dialect. Where there is a will, there is a way ‘
As Plato has stated in his ideal theory of States — In order to conquer the appetites, high spirit and courage play an equally important role as the rational part of the soul does. In other words, a civil servant and the government rides the same cart to prevail justice in society.
Shubh is an engineer by day and a writer by sunset. Also a poet, a philosopher, he does his best writing under the roof of millions stars.