Coming down heavily on bureaucrats for their inability to deliver high quality services, the Economic Survey for 2007-08 Thursday said they should shed activities that were best left to the private sector.
In the chapter titled "Challenges, Policy Response and Medium-term Prospects", the annual report card on the Indian economy said the bureaucracy needed to focus on excellence to meet the aspirations of the people.
"As the bureaucratic capacities to deliver the goods and services in sufficient quantity and adequate quality are heavily constrained, they must shed the other activities that are best done by private profit and non-profit organisations and focus on excellence in these areas," the survey said.
"Only then can they satisfy the majority of their citizens and meet their legitimate aspirations."
According to the report, the challenges and opportunities to India's development arose at two levels - the central government and states - and the latter must step up its efforts in good governance.
"The states must refocus their efforts on the provision of public and quasi-public goods, some of which have been neglected by states, and improve the service provided by these goods," the survey said.
Indo-Asian News Service