Im glad to note the practical objections made by the two parties to your Monday Page debate (Nov. 27) on the issue of appointing civil servants by contract at senior levels of the government. But I find the outcome quite unsatisfactory from the point of view of a citizen. The bureaucracy is not accountable for its performance or, rather, the lack of itto the citizen-user and that is why the idea of appointing the senior levels on contract, from within and without the civil service, took shape. I agree with Mr TSR Subramanian, former chief secretary of UP and then Union cabinet secretarysomeone whose views deserve to be listened to with attentionthat the proposal has the makings of a dangerous short-cut on an already fading fabric. But, then, what is his alternative suggestion For him to say that reform of the bureaucracy can only start if the political executive is cleansed, which is his concluding line, is just not good enough.