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S.R. Maheshwari

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195683769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683769.001.0001

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The Role and Importance of the Higher Civil Service

The Role and Importance of the Higher Civil Service

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 The Role and Importance of the Higher Civil Service
Public Administration in India

S.R. Maheshwari

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role and importance of the higher civil service in India. Civil service is the action of the state engaged in implementing its policies and decisions and the accredited adviser of the political executive in policymaking. The nature and variety of challenges that a developing democracy encounters represents great responsibilities for civil service and in India is it not even possible to catalogue all the functions that fall under civil service. The social usefulness of a civil servant does not necessarily end after their retirement because they continued to be appointed as governors, members of commissions and committees or are given other jobs after retirement.

Keywords:   civil service, India, policymaking, executive adviser, civil servants

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