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 Royal Bhutan Service Commission

Functioning of Royal Bhutan Service Commission

Functioning of Royal Bhutan Service Commission


Bhutan launched its 1st Five Year Plan in 1961, abandoning its age old policy of self-imposed isolation. Since then the country has seen unprecedented achievements in socio-economic development. Bhutan entered into a democratic constitutional monarchical form of government from 2008. The Parliament, consisting of the king, National Council and National Assembly, is the highest law-making body. The king is the head of state and the government is represented by Lhengye Zhungtshog (Cabinet), headed by the PM.

Bhutan's development is guided by the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) which is based on four key pillars: (a) sustainable and equitable socio-economic development, (b) conservation of natural environment, (c) preservation and promotion of culture and spiritual heritage ...

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