With Chhattisgarh about to go to polls in November, the retired civil servants are keen to give politics
a go. Just a month ago, serving IAS and collector of state capital Raipur, O P Choudhary, joined BJP and drew national
attention for quitting the elite service within just 13 years.
“More and more bureaucrats are now taking interests in politics
both at the Centre and the State,” says Sanjay Dixit, editor of New Power Game, a web portal dedicated to news about the bureaucracy. He asserts that it is a healthy sign, as top officials are acquainted with policies and the working of the adminsitration, which can help in better governance.
In Chhattisgarh, whose first chief minister Ajit Jogi happens to be an IAS officer, even opposition Congress is not behind in embracing former bureaucrats. It welcomed two senior IAS officials, Sergius Minj and R P S Tyagi, to the party last month.