ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Call Drops and Regulatory Costs

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's move to penalise mobile service providers for dropped calls brings into focus the roundabout way in which the regulator punishes underperformance on the part of regulated entities. The cumbersome procedure mandated by the TRAI Act does not help the cause of good regulatory practice.

Design of Regulatory Institutions

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India was first created by promulgating an ordinance; it was also restructured using the ordinance route. Reluctance of the executive branch to establish a truly independent regulator is palpable in the statute governing the telecom regulator. While this had adverse impacts on both the substance and structure of regulation in the sector, this paper examines specifically the nature of institutional design of TRAI in Chapter II of the TRAI Act, 1997, and the inefficiencies inherent in the structural imbalance between regulator and licensor.

Much Ado about Aptitude

The recent spate of changes in the civil services examination are a response to the changing needs of public administration occasioned by paradigmatic shifts in the nature of governance. To critique them under pain of disruption is to burden the examination process with expectations that are way beyond its remit. Reasoned review of examination reform cannot be replaced by agitation on the streets.

Calibrating Civil Service Examination Reform

The recent protests against the changes made to the civil service examination scheme speak directly to the ascendance of the governance paradigm that has taken root in the corridors of power. The concern is that the changes militate against the interests of regional and rural aspirants and need to be balanced against the dysfunction likely to result from the selection of candidates without skill sets for new public management. An additional worry is the rush to reform without affording much time for aspirants to adjust their exam-taking strategies.

Reform of Civil Service Preliminary Examination

The proposed reform of the preliminary stage of the civil service examination to test candidates' aptitude must seek to find clues to the structure and content of the new format within the dominant paradigm of India's political economy. To find the "right type" of candidate to lead the higher civil service, it is necessary to design the threshold examination to test for managerial skills as well as social-legal-economic-political knowledge related to India.

Language Choice and Life Chances: Evidence from the Civil Services Examination

Careers in the civil service are a continuing source of prestigious employment to the middle and upper classes of non-metropolitan India, even as the erstwhile elite classes look for greener pastures. Differential access to languages, especially to English, distinguishes the "national" and regional elites in India. This article presents evidence relating to language choice from the civil services exams post-1979. The perceptible changes in preferences of candidates taking this exam reflect a new confidence with using Indian languages led by Hindi and mirror the larger changes in the linguistic landscape and in linguistic relations.
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