Bangladesh takes Indian tips on recruiting civil servants

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Bangladesh’s Public Civil Service Commission (PSC) chairman Ekram Ahmed on Wednesday met union Minister Jitendra Singh here on Wednesday and discussed the Indian system of recruitment of civil servants.

Both sides discussed a wide range of issues related to the functioning of India’s Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), an official statement said.

Ahmed, currently visiting India, called on Jitendra Singh, minister of state for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions who also holds portfolios of the development of northeastern region (DoNER), atomic energy and space.

Detailing the functioning of the DoPT and the UPSC, Singh explained to Ahmed how discreetly the exams for the Indian Administrative Services and allied services are held by the UPSC and the consequent allocation of state cadres by the DoPT.

Singh also spoke about the functioning and curriculum of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie, an institution that trains not only the civil servants of India but also from neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh and Bhutan.

He also referred to the recent inauguration of a new academic block at the academy, which would increase the capacity for wider training and a comfortable study environment for trainees from India and abroad.

Singh said DoPT has also been receiving interns from among the newly-qualified civil servants and administrative appointees from European and other developed countries who benefitted from the experience of working in diverse conditions in the Indian setup.

In addition, he also highlighted the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for “maximum governance, minimum government”.

Ahmed, a history scholar and a civil servant, said his Indian tour was meant to acquaint himself with various standards of functioning laid down by the Indian government.

Following Modi’s visit to Bangladesh last month, Bangladesh is set to open a deputy high commission in Guwahati.

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