gfiles magazine

January 17, 2012

MY CORNER - serving bureaucrats amitabh thakur

Suffering in silence
Pity the poor government servant...
 am a government servant, belonging to the Indian Police Service. There are thousands of IPS officers and a few million government servants in India. Generally, we are regarded as a privileged lot by everyone else. The media often refers to us as “babus”. The word is used in an apparent derogatory way for the simple reason that there is a general presumption that government servants enjoy privileges and perks with least effort. The public often treats us as parasites eating into the country’s exchequer, hardly giving anything in return. The success of the Jan Lokpal agitation, primarily aimed at government servants, and the massive support it got from all quarters of society, make it amply clear that we are not a very respected community......Readmore

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