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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.

Civil Service Reform in India
Civil service reform in India

Civil service reforms in India are a continuous process. There are scholarly studies and elegant expressions of experiences by former bureaucrats who worked in different regimes and systems explaining the nuances of change. Reform of any existing institution or system is always aimed at bringing in a better transformation with amendments to the existing structures to facilitate development. The civil services in India were subjected to reform on the basis of Appleby Report in 1953 after Independence. A full-fledged commission known as the First Administrative Reforms Commission (FARC) was appointed in 1966 to make recommendations to adopt the administrative organisation to implement the development and welfare programmes of the government. The FARC has made far-reaching recommendations ...

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