A Study of Administrative Reforms in India - With Particular Reference to the RTI Act, 2005
7 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2009
Date Written: August 25, 2009
Historical over view of Administrative reforms in India: The year 1858 was a landmark in India’s public administration as the political power was legally transferred to the British Crown from the hands of the East India Company. The first task of the new rule was, to appoint, Rickett to examine the then prevalent administrative system of India. Ricketts report, called “Report on Civil Establishments and Salaries” was submitted in 1866. India after became independent in the year 1947, should have followed the same path. However, in July of that year, the “Secretariat Reorganization Committee” was appointed and it functioned like an Officers’ shortage committee. It warned the government not to take up new activities until additional personnel became available. The Committee also recommended for change of the then existing method of business of the government involving multiplicity of officers. But, before independence, Tottenham Report on the Reorganization of Central Government of 1946 supported a sleek and streamlined secretariat. He was against the post of deputy secretary and recommended waiving of the tenure system of staffing after fifteen or twenty years’ service.
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