Building a World-class Civil Service for 21st Century India

Hardcover | October 27, 2010

byS. K. Das

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Sixty years after independence, India continues to function with an outdated, moribund bureaucracy that was instituted by the British in the nineteenth century. Thus, the problems and deficits in the civil services are long-standing and systemic. In a largely globalized world, India now has tocompete with countries not only in the marketplace, but also with regard to efficient governance and delivery of public services. The need of the hour, therefore, is for a dynamic, forward-looking bureaucracy that delivers policies and services, responds to citizens' needs and provides services thatwill improve their quality of life. Reforming the vast Indian bureaucracy is a challenging task and cannot be undertaken in isolation. Success stories from across the world underscore the crucial relationship between civil service reform and wider reforms in other areas of government. The bookdiscusses legislative, procedural and administrative changes that the Indian government needs to implement to give its civil servants the freedom and capacity necessary to pursue more innovative ways of seeking high performance. The author identifies and modulates for India a range of initiatives -both structural and thematic - based largely on the reform experience of countries like the UK, Australia, Sweden and New Zealand. The book is divided into four sections: section one looks at the civil services in India today; section two deals with the institutional framework for reforms; section three discusses the organizational framework of reforms; and section four examines the legal and ethical framework of civil servicereforms.

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Sixty years after independence, India continues to function with an outdated, moribund bureaucracy that was instituted by the British in the nineteenth century. Thus, the problems and deficits in the civil services are long-standing and systemic. In a largely globalized world, India now has tocompete with countries not only in the mark...

S.K. Das is Honourable Advisor at the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:October 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of TablesIntroductionPart I: The Civil Service1. The Civil Service that We HavePart II: Institutional Framework2. Clarity of Purpose and Task3. Policy Making4. Delivering Public Services5. Results Orientation6. Performance Management7. Managing Poor Performance8. Integrating Financial Management with Performance Management9. Performance Reporting: The Accounting Parameters10. Risk ManagementPart III: Organizational Framework11. Recruitment12. Senior Executive13. Tenure14. Domain Competency15. Identification with the Organization16. Civil Service Management17. Post-retirement PlacementPart IV: Legal and Ethical Framework18. The Legislative Framework19. The Ethical Framework20. ConclusionsBibliographyIndex