Technocracy & its prospects in the bureaucratic structure of the state of Jammu & Kashmir
Dr. Humera Yaqoob
Our system of bureaucracy does not help in developing any kind of specialised professionalism, as technical competence has been compromised from day one. The greatest weakness of the Indian bureaucracy is that it lacks a technological orientation, unlike the developed western bureaucracies. We have, therefore, ended up having the generalist administrators, who may be amateur at times, to be in control at all important levels of the administration and the specialist technocrats with all the expertise and innovation, to be at the peripheral and less rewarding positions. Though our bureaucracy has been very good at maintaining order and unity and dealing with any serious internal opposition to their rule, has at the same time been proving its legacy of the British rule. As is being witnessed, there is a constant tussle going on between the technocrats and the generalist bureaucrats over the status, grade and system of placements and promotions already existing in the administrative structure. Hence, it is less successful in encouraging innovation, providing specialist expertise and meeting local demands, and thus less inclined towards development. A research paper on the same subject, based on the study on J&K bureaucracy, has thus been presented to highlight the same issues to an extent. It depicts the present trend and the dire need for the changes to set in at a faster pace, into the J&K bureaucratic system.