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.

Corruption in All India Services

Corruption in All India Services

Corruption in all India services

Corruption means improper or selfish exercise of power and influence attached to a public office. It is the antithesis of an orderly and just way of life both in its spiritual and material aspects. It includes acceptance of gratification or valuables for illegal considerations, misuse of power and authority in a dishonest and fraudulent manner, misappropriation of funds, abuse of position as a public servant for pecuniary advantage, possession of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income, etc. Society expects that each individual should perform his/her social/official responsibility honestly and the violation of this tenet would amount to an act of corruption. The PC Act defines corrupt practice as:

Whoever, being a public servant, accepts or ...

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