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Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India$
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S.K. Das

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198068662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068662.001.0001

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(p.188) Thirteen Tenure
Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India


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Civil servants in India are frequently transferred from one position to another, presenting a major problem in terms of governance. To make matters worse, short tenures have made it difficult to hold civil servants accountable for their performance. Short tenures are a regular feature of both the lower echelons and the higher civil services such as the Indian Administrative Service. The transfer of civil servants is used by politicians as a main instrument to control the bureaucracy and, thus, as a means for surplus-extraction from the clients of the bureaucracy. The Draft Civil Services Bill 2009 has proposed the creation of a Central Civil Services Authority to be responsible for fixing tenure for all civil service posts under the central government.

Keywords:   short tenure, politicians, bureaucracy, civil servants, Indian Administrative Service, Draft Civil Services Bill 2009, Central Civil Services Authority

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