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.
Functioning of Service Commissions in SAARC Region
The SAARC region consisting of eight counties, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka has a population of 1,368 million as estimated around 2010. It is just about one-fifth (20 per cent) of the total population of the world. Realising the need to have cooperation to promote the welfare of the people of the region and to accelerate economic growth, the SAARC was formed by the heads of state of all the countries, except Afghanistan, in 1989. Afghanistan joined the group later (2010). The region has a long shared history and culture that dates back to several millenniums. Though India had a lengthy history of civil service, it was ...