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.

Pakistan: Federal Public Service Commission and Its Functions

Pakistan: Federal Public Service Commission and Its Functions

Pakistan: Federal Public Service Commission and its functions

Civil services are institutions of a state,1 irrespective of the system or form of governments pursued. The expression ‘civil services’ cover different branches of administration manned by permanent government servants.2 It is but logical that inductions into or removals from the permanent offices be regulated by fair and transparent personnel management systems, leaving no cause for dissatisfaction for any stakeholders, dully enforced and overseen by a body free of any kind of influence. The directors of East India Company that ruled India before its formal transfer to British Crown were expected to swear an oath that they would shun ‘jobbery and nepotism’ in matters of recruitments.3

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