Monday, December 10, 2007

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Myths about Indian Civil Services

Civil services all over the world are about administration. “The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions,” a French philosopher once said. With such power at hand and the sheer influence it can have, today Indian Civil Services should have been the most sought-after position. But is it still attracting the kind of talent it used to?

To find an answer, Business Line engaged former Secretary to the Government of India, Dr G. Sundaram who served under various capacities in the Ministries of Defence and Environment.
He was one of the first to suggest introduction of VAT (value-added tax) in the country way back in 1986. Like all brilliant students, civil services was then a natural progression for Mr Sundaram who, after obtaining a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Madras in 1958 and teaching Economics in the Madras Christian College, joined the services in 1962.

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