Resourcing Issues and Practices in the Cadre Service of Bangladesh

A Critical Overview


  • Labani Yasmin Labani Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration.



Recruitment, selection, performance, appraisal, training, cadre service, transfer, quota system


This paper intends to study critically the present resourcing issues and practices in
the cadre service of Bangladesh. It focuses on the existing recruitment and selection
procedure of cadre services, its training system, performance appraisal process, transfer
rule and promotion policy in Bangladesh. Present selection procedure in the cadre
service of Bangladesh is merit and quota based. Only 45 percent posts are kept for
meritorious students and 55 percent posts are reserved for various groups under quota
system. In addition, nepotism, favoritism, corruption and political interference are
hindering the brilliant graduates to join in the cadre service. Moreover, performance
appraisal system is not overt and scientific. It is not evaluated on the basis of
performance. Furthermore, training system is not modern and most of the training
methods are class room based. For recruitment purpose, Bangladesh Public Service
Commission does not follow campus recruitment process, consulting the firms of
management or associations that have proven expertise in attracting the talented
graduates. There are also other pressing issues that are considered to be casting far
reaching negative impacts on services like cadre service choice and their selection
process, ambiguous promotion policy, absence of proper transfer rule etc. This is
basically a review of secondary research contents conducted earlier in this field of study.
It finds that resourcing is very important tool for the development of public sector in any
country. It is the technique to minimize the cost of employees and maximize their value
to the organization. It helps to keep right people in the right place at the right time. The
study has also found that resourcing aspects are inter-related to each other. Effective
recruitment helps to avoid this kind of chain reaction. It saves time, money and effort.
But in Bangladesh recruitment system it is not sound. The study therefore argues for
changing traditional systems, developing resourcing issues scientifically which will
attract bright graduates in the cadre services.