According to reports, winds of change – subtle but perceptible – are blowing across the bureaucracy in Andhra Pradesh. With netas in power increasingly in the dock on corruption charges, the officers have lost all respect for their political bosses and choosing to assert their right.
“We don’t want to be part of the illegal decisions that might land us in trouble at a latter day. We are asserting our moral right to take decisions which we are supposed to, without fear or favour. We are not ciphers,” a senior IAS officer told STOI.
In another example, when politicians ganged up to grab solar power tenders and bring pressure on the cabinet sub-committee on solar power to increase bench-mark price, they encountered officers like Hiralal Samaria and M Sahoo, who refused to initial on a decision favoured by the politicians. The officers lobbed the ball into the court of ministers who wanted to fire their guns from the shoulders of the former.