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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.

Constitutional Status of Civil Service in India
Constitutional status of civil service in India

The founding fathers of the Constitution have deliberated on the future of the country and have created several institutions for a democratic deliverance. It is well recognised and accepted in jurisprudence that there is a basic structure for the Constitution that cannot be altered through the existing parliamentary practices. What is not known to the common man is that the founding fathers had wisely devised a structure that takes care of the separation of powers. Thus, it w as deliberated to create a Supreme Court to take care of judiciary, an Election Commission for the legislature and the UPSC to create the executive. They are indispensable constitutional organs with autonomous powers. The ...

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