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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.

The Right to Good Governance: Present Scenario and Future Lessons
The right to good governance: Present scenario and future lessons
B.K.Chaturvedi and SekharChandra*

This chapter is in two parts: In Part I, we deal with the concept of governance and argue that the right to good governance is as fundamental as right to education or any other fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India. In Part II, we try to identify the extent to which good governance has been successful in certain aspects of health and primary education sectors.

Part I

Citizens have several rights specifically enumerated in the Indian Constitution. They have the Right to Equality, Freedom of Speech, Right to Life and Liberty and now Right to Education of children. The founding fathers of the Constitution ...

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