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Prabhat Kumar Former Cabinet Secretary

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A unique initiative

I have spent almost four decades in government. But in my knowledge, never before has a campaign to introduce and spread ethics in...

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Ethics of governance

A new chapter was recently added to the old debate on the relationship between the political executive and the senior bureaucracy when the...

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Experience counts

WHAT do cabinet secretaries do when they retire? Being at the helm of the affairs of India, they are usually busy in academic...

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Lateral entry needs a new perspective

WHAT started as a proposed idea has now emerged in a concrete form with the Department Of Personnel and Training issuing an advertisement...

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Falling back on generalities

SWOOSH! Another civil service day has just passed like an ephemeral shower of April. Nothing seems to have changed a bit in government....

Indian Administrative Services
Cover Story

Cover Story : Indian Administered Service Demolishing the dream of Sardar Patel

Lateral hiring may sound like an exciting concept, but it is a flawed one for several reasons. For one, it will destroy what...