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The book for the first time offers a comprehensive and contemporary account of the state of civil services in South Asia countries. It brings together experiences of former senior bureaucrats and critics from India and other SAARC nations to affirm the state of civil service and the need for reforms.

While there have been studies describing the character, structure and the progress of the administrative systems in South Asia, there is no comprehensive account on the region's present bureaucracy. This book attempts to bridge that gap through 15 insightful chapters by experts and experienced bureaucrats. There is a general introduction too by the editor. The chapters have been divided thematically into four parts. The first two parts discuss the present state of civil service in India and possible reforms. The third part offers a comparative account of the functioning of civil service commissions in the SAARC nations. The fourth part has case studies based on on-the-job experience of bureaucrats from SAARC countries that describes how the system functions within the parameters of good governance.

Governance and Civil Service
Governance and civil service

The chapters that follow are selected to reflect on the governance and civil service in India. The notion of civil service is broadly understood as class I service in India, though class II officers also do come under the title. Most of the provincial services are recruited and maintained by the state governments and the few central secretariat services are entrusted to the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment. Some of them enter class I service through internal quotas and, therefore, a separate analysis of the state and other services that come under the broad caption is not undertaken here in view of the huge size and scope. It is assumed that the analyses made in these chapters related ...

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