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.

Institutional Reforms in Indian Civil Service

Institutional Reforms in Indian Civil Service

Institutional reforms in Indian Civil Service

With a few exceptions, most institutions in India have emerged from the colonial legacies of the past. These are circumscribed by colonial laws, rules and regulations, practices, modes and also by thinking. The institutional designs were, both in the public and private sectors, evolved by the colonial motives and operations. Till 1990, the institutional network was fully geared up to govern the masses for the convenience of the institutions. The legal network was not able to support the masses for their constitutional rights and the duties in most of the matters. The institutions, both in the public and private, were ruling the masses. The 1991 economic crisis of fiscal deficit, problem of balance of ...

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