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Clarity of Purpose and Task

S. K. DAS

in Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780198068662
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080465 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068662.003.0002
Clarity of Purpose and Task

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The civil service has two broad functions—to make policy in pursuance of objectives specified by the political leadership and to implement that policy. Over time, however, these two broad functions have overlapped due to lack of clarity of purpose and task of civil servants. From the perspective of the traditional civil service, it is not easy to clarify purpose and task due to service’s command and control nature. In India, the government still follows an administrative culture, taking in the central ministries’ important financial and human resource management decisions relating to the line departments. Centralization not only causes avoidable delay, but also obfuscates accountability and affects performance. The excessive degree of central control in the Indian civil service should be eliminated.

Keywords: Indian government; purpose; task; policy; operations; centralization; accountability

Chapter.  3713 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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