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Governance in South Asia

Governance in South Asia
State of the Civil Services

First Edition
Edited by:
  • K. S. Chalam - Chairman, Institute for Economic and Social Justice, Visakhapatnam

June 2014 | 312 pages | SAGE India

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.


K S Chalam
Mohammad Hamid Ansari
Governance and Public Service
K S Chalam
Constitutional Status of Civil Service in India
Bhure Lal
Civil Service Values and Neutrality
T S N Sastry
Importance of Social Security in Good Governance
N Vittal
Accountability in Public Service
Bhure Lal
Corruption in All India Services
P K Saxena
Institutional Reforms in Indian Civil Service
Madhav Godbole
Reinventing the Civil Servant
D Francis
Comparative Study of Service Commissions in SAARC Nations: Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives
B K Chaturvedi and Sekhar Chandra
The Right to Good Governance: Present Scenario and Future Lessons
Parveen Talha
Indian Revenue Service: Reflections of a Woman Bureaucrat
Humera Ahmed
Indian Postal Service: A Rewarding ‘Social Service'
K S Chalam
Functioning of Union Public Service Commission of India
Rana Bhagwandas
Pakistan: Federal Public Service Commission and Its Functions
Pirthiman Pradhan
Functioning of Royal Bhutan Service Commission

K S. Chalam

K. S. Chalam is a well-known political economist and educationist, and a former member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi. He has been the Vice Chancellor of the Dravidian University in Andhra Pradesh and had taught in the Department of Economics, Andhra University, between 1976 and 2005. He is known as the founder of the Academic Staff College Scheme in the country and was its first director. Dr Chalam was on the Planning Board of the Madhya Pradesh government during 2002–04. He was the recipient of the UGC Young Social Scientist Award in Economics in 1984. Dr Chalam has authored Caste-Based Reservations and Human... More About Author

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