reassured public functionaries that they would be protected against "baseless allegations and unnecessary litigation". Singh who himself was a bureaucrat in commerce and finance ministry for two decades before assuming charge as FM in 1991, is now facing the silent challenge from the bureaucracy which is refusing to take big decisions in fear of future allegations. This is what is PM's assurance at Red Fort: "We will continue our efforts to bring more transparency and accountability in the work of public servants and to reduce corruption. But we will also take care that these measures do not result in a situation in which the morale of public functionaries taking decisions in public interest gets affected because of baseless allegations and unnecessary litigation," PM said while delivering the Independence Day speech.
In fact, if you study the speeches that PM has delivered during the last one and half years, he has been repeating the same point on bureaucracy mainly to allay fear among officials and ministers. And that is a major departure from the time he came to power second time in May 2009. When UPA-II government was formed, the question of any policy paralysis did not arise. What did Singh tell his bureaucrats then? In the first meeting with PMO officials in June 2009, Singh appealed his officers to "think creatively", and stressed the need to be "believers in equity, innovation and public accountability at work".