BOOK: On Governance

Former secretary Shyam Prasad Mainali has written a book that highlights issues related to governance and constitution

Nov. 11, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 07 No.-10 Nov. 08 -2013 (Kartik 22, 2070)

With rich insights into bureaucracy and government, Shyam Prasad Mainali has authored a book that comes as a welcome addition to the shelf on good governance and constitution. This book is helpful mainly for those who want to prepare for jobs as section officer, under secretary and joint secretary.

In this volume, Mainali includes the agenda of governance structure, constitution and good governance.

The book is divided into four chapters. The first chapter deals with state and governance, the second is about constitution and law, the third deals with public service and public management and the fourth deals with resource management and planning.

The book analyzes the agenda of governance structure, right to information and transparency, nation building and state building, governance system in Nepal, national security management and multi-level governance.

Issues of constitution, constitutional law and constitutionalism, constitutional development in Nepal, executive, legislature and judiciary, fundamental rights of the citizen, guiding principles of sate policy and constitutional bodies make up a significant chunk of the book. It also talks about the separation of power, human rights, civic sense and civic responsibilities, law making procedures in Nepal, rule of law, democratic values and norms, social inclusion and positive discrimination.

Other topics dealt with in the book are public service and public management, political neutrality, public commitment, transparency, public accountability, use of public fund, morals and ethics, civil service, bureaucracy, public management, public policy, public service charter and e-goverance.

Human resource management, recruitment and human resources, human resources utilization, maintenance of human resources, public financial management, planning and budgeting system in Nepal government, accounting and auditing system, financial management and public accountability and development plan and present periodical plan and participatory planning and development have also received considerable space.

"This book is very useful for those who aspire to join the civil service. At a time when the country has been passing through a political transition, it is very important to know what is happening in the country," said professor Dr. Jayaraj Acharya.

"This book is very helpful. After reading the manuscript, I came to realize that Mainali's book is going to be the handbook for civil servants," said former vice chancellor of Kathmandu University.

“I have spent almost 34 in civil service. During my tenure, I had in my mind a book which could help administrators as well as those who aspired to join the civil service. This book is dedicated to those,” says Mainali.

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