Law Ministry proposes setting up of Indian Regulatory Service

New Delhi: At a time when the issue of corruption has taken the centre stage, an Indian Regulatory Service on the lines of IAS and IPS has been mooted by the Law Ministry.

The proposal to set up the Regulatory Service is part of a 10-point governance reform agenda prepared by the Ministry to streamline implementation of regulatory laws.

According to the document, a pool of experts drawn from different fields will form the backbone of the new service.

Experts in various fields, its cadre will help government handle regulatory issues at district, state and central level, sources told agency.

The document suggests instead of giving the task of handling regulating issues to retired bureaucrats and former judges, experts drawn from various fields should be encouraged to join the service.

"The idea of Regulatory Services is in its infancy. The details are yet to be worked out," a senior Law Ministry functionary said.

The Law Ministry had recently made a presentation of its Agenda document before Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations.

A couple of months ago, Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia had urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider introducing an Indian Regulatory Service on the lines of IAS and IPS.

"This is very important step because we need experts... You can't have a commissioner of income tax sitting in SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) deciding certain matters. We need experts in regulatory laws by which a common man will get the benefit," Justice Kapadia had said at the 17th Commonwealth Law Conference in Hyderabad.

The 10-point agenda also envisages capping a bureaucrat's term to 20 years and seeks reforms in allocation of mining and land rights.

According to the ministry, all new recruitments to central government jobs should be for 20 years and any extension beyond that would depend on the outcome of intense review.

It also suggested several transparent systems for exploitation of natural mineral resources, which include a comprehensive survey of all mining blocks, allocation of mining leases through competitive process such as electronic auctions and imposition of export tax to discourage export of raw minerals.