In a message to civil servants, Vice-President Hamid Ansari Saturday said bureaucrats must always be guided only by Constitutional provisions and need not remain “committed” to government’s policies and programmes.
Speaking at the launch of the book India: The Crucial Years, authored by former director of Intelligence Bureau T V Rajeshwar, Ansari talked about the concept of “committed bureaucracy” prevalent during his service days.
“Commitment to the Constitution can be the only requirement that can be put across as essential for anybody who is in the service of the state. Governments in our system come, governments also go. Positions are taken, positions are adjusted, positions are abandoned. So where does the committed agent of the state stand when a position taken is diluted or abandoned. He moves with the times and therefore loses credibility. Or he takes a stand that this is the Constitutional position and this is where I stand,” Ansari said.