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November 21, 2013

Governance | Obey, or refuse

civil services yogendra narain
Obey, or refuse

TThe time has come to amend the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961, so as to clarify the situation in case of disagreement between the Minister and the Secretary. THE contentious issue of Secretaries to the Government, acting on the orders of the Minister, when a particular Secretary feels that the orders are irregular or illegal, had come into public debate after the 2G scam. One Telecom Secretary refused to implement the orders of the Minister while the other did. The following questions have emerged:
1. If the Secretary of a department gives his advice based on the relevant rules and regulations, is the Minister bound to accept his advice? Read More

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