Chapter

The Legislative Framework

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/9780198068662.003.0018
The Legislative Framework

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There is no civil service law in India, although it has the All India Services Act 1951 designed to regulate the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to the All India Services. Some state governments have enacted state civil services acts to regulate their respective civil services. All India Services currently consist of Indian Administrative Service, Indian Medical and Health Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, and Indian Service of Engineers. In addition to these five All India Services which are recognized by Article 312 of the Constitution, a number of central services are placed under the control of the central government. This chapter examines why a civil service law is necessary, basis for civil service reform, and the experiences of Australia and New Zealand in terms of civil service reform. India plans to enact a civil service law, namely, the Draft Civil Services Bill 2009.

Keywords: five All India Services; civil service law; reform; Australia; New Zealand; Draft Civil Services Bill 2009; financial legislation

Chapter.  3788 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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