Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advice to civil servants to show "boldness" in decision making is not going to bear fruits. Those sitting at the helm of affairs should refrain from making such statements when they themselves are unable to follow it. How can a Prime Minister whose government itself is accused of not taking bold decisions expect his advice would be effective in any way? Lack of decision making capabilities of the UPA government is not only a familiar fact with the people of our country but has also become a topic of debate in foreign countries. Recently the Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on his visit to the US had said that the decision making capabilities of the government has slowed down. Holding coalition politics as one of the reason responsible for the condition he also mentioned that several cases of corruption that have surfaced in the recent past have made the bureaucrats wary of taking bold decisions. Several examples of poor decision making capabilities of the UPA government have come to the fore. It is not only about important legislations hanging in the lurch but those decisions which do not require the Parliament’s nod have also failed to yield any positive results. The Centre should realize that their decision is not only impacting economic reforms but several other reforms have also taken a blow. It has proved to be a failure at every front.
It is true that the government at its level is trying hard to move ahead but there aren’t any visible changes. If the government is finding it difficult in bringing about economic reforms then should political, judicial and administrative reforms also be put on the backburner? Recently the Chief Election Commissioner had urged the Prime Minister to take a decision on the pending economic reforms. While addressing the civil servants the Prime Minister should have realized that like other reforms, administrative reforms too have been put on hold. It would have been better that the Prime Minister before giving the advice should have found out as to why administrative reforms are still hanging in the lurch. The Prime Minister’s advice is welcome but why isn’t the Centre following what it is preaching? Since this remains unanswered the advice of the Prime Minister hardly holds any importance.