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Indian Administration by Pankaj Singh, Hoshiar Singh

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Accountability and Control over Public Administration

Governmental accountability in a democratic country like ours is very important as it inevitably acquires a much larger dimension for the fundamental reason that it derives its legitimacy from the people at large. Governmental accountability has to be understood in relation to making of public policies and their implementation. Accountability in a democracy is believed to be a contributing factor to efficiency. ‘Public officials have been found to be guilty of nonfeasance, malfeasance, and overfeasance. By “nonfeasance” is meant that they have not done what law or customs requires them to do owing to laziness, ignorance or want of care or corrupt influence; “malfeasance” means that a duty ...

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