Governance Reforms

Why State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Fail or Underperform?: Pakistan Railways: Challenges and Response

Why State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Fail or Underperform?: Pakistan Railways: Challenges and Response

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Can a meaningful comparison be made between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways? It has become quite fashionable in Pakistan to compare every sector of the country with its respective Indian counterpart and start lamenting that every state institution in Pakistan is woefully deficient in terms of service delivery, profitability, efficiency, customer satisfaction etc., while everything…

E-governance: Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan

E-governance: Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Digitisation of Public Sector in Pakistan Digital governance or digitisation of public sector by using technology to provide government services online is now one of the standard tools of statecraft even in the developing countries. There are some good reasons backed by evidence to believe that digital governance can and has resulted in better service…

How to Prepare for CSS Interviews?

How to Prepare for CSS Interviews?

All those candidates who qualify the written part of the CSS Examination will be individually interviewed by a Board usually at a provincial headquarter. Every member of the Board, consisting of 5 to 7 eminent persons will ask you questions and give you marks out of his given allocation, normally 75. Results are then tallied…

How to Prepare for CSS Written Examination?

How to Prepare for CSS Written Examination?

CSS is all about relevant, consistent and focused study. You cannot read all the prescribed books nor you can remember everything you have read in the course of your preparation. Accordingly, I suggest keeping these guidelines in view when making out your strategy Syllabus and Past Papers CSS is all about focused study for which…

What is CSS Examination

What is CSS Examination

Introduction There are three tiers of Pakistan’s civil service structure Federal Government-which has more than 25 Ministries looking after the functions allocated to them under the Rules of Business Provincial Governments-of the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Ares(FATA) have around 15/20 departments which run their affairs almost independently but in close coordination with…

Can a meaningful comparison be made  between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

Can a meaningful comparison be made between Pakistan Railways and Indian Railways?

It has become quite fashionable in Pakistan to compare every sector of the country with its respective Indian counterpart and start lamenting that Pakistan is far behind India in every field. Similarly there is a lot of hue and cry in the media-print, electronic and social, of the country that every state institution in Pakistan…

20 Principles of Good Governance in Islam

20 Principles of Good Governance in Islam

Hazrat Ali was the first person among the youth to embrace Islam and remained one of the most faithful and steadfast companions of the Prophet of Islam. A renowned general, he was known as the most learned person of his times. Reportedly he authored more than 475 lectures and epistles on a variety of subjects…

What is happening in Syria?

What is happening in Syria?

Since its redefinition by the British Foreign Office as the Middle East and its division into more than a dozen nation-states, complete with artificial boundaries, after the conclusion of First World War, the region has been in turmoil mainly due to these  very geographical and social reengineering of the region. As such, what is happening…

Six Challenges for a Modern  Public Servant

Six Challenges for a Modern Public Servant

World Bank defines the governance as the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is executed, including the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced. As the issues pertaining to government are becoming more complex in nature, the need for effective, informed and neutral policy makers and public servants is ever…

Pakistan’s Exports Sector/Challenges and Response

Pakistan’s Exports Sector/Challenges and Response

Introduction Pakistan has done fairly well economically since her independence more than six decades ago and is the 27th largest economy in the world with a per capita income of more than US$3500 in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. However, its exports performance has been lackluster and far below her potential, constituting a meager 0.15%…

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