Constitutional Safeguards for Civil Servants in India

Atul Depak

The position of a civil servant is a highly coveted one in India. Civil servants or bureaucrats form the backbone of a governmental administration in any nation. The job of government in modern welfare states is to some extent limited to the framing of laws and policies but it is the civil servants who carry those laws and policies into action. So the role of civil servants becomes extremely important as they help in executing the policies and programmes of the government. They are also the most visible face of government to the general public. In British India, civil servants were considered the backbone of the colonial government and their positions were secured in various British enactments such as successive Government of India Acts. In Independent India too, their positions have been safeguarded by the Indian constitution and backed by numerous court decisions. The underlying reason for these constitutional safeguards…

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