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Rewards

S. K. Das

in Public Office, Private Interest

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195653823
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195653823.003.0006
Rewards

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This chapter evaluates the reward system of the civil service in India. The reward system is an important source of motivation for civil servants to avoid corruption and it can take the form of compensation, promotions, and placements in civil service assignments. The analysis reveals that in spite of the periodic restrictions exercised by the Indian Government on the maximum compensation of managerial personnel, the compensation in the private sector has always been higher than the maximum salary payable to the civil servants. Assurance of reasonable promotional opportunities ranging from two to four promotions can take more than thirty years and the promotions are often based on seniority rather than merit. The result also suggests that ruling politicians in India have made liberal use of the instrument of transfer of civil servants to make money for themselves.

Keywords: reward system; motivation for civil servants; corruption; compensation; promotions; placements; maximum salary; seniority; ruling politicians

Chapter.  13234 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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