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.

Reinventing the Civil Servant*

Reinventing the Civil Servant*

Reinventing the civil servant

It has been a decade since the economic reforms were launched in the country in mid 1991. During this period, we have taken a fresh look at how we transacted the business of the government and reviewed a number of rules, regulations, licensing procedures and grant of approvals in the government. But, one crucial area which has remained untouched by reforms is the civil service and the big bad bureaucratic machine which has retained its tight grip over the economy of the country. This paper attempts to look at the role of civil servants in a deregulated economy. The first forty years since Independence were marked by the State occupying the “commanding heights” of the economy. The socialist ...

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