Great Lakes Center for Management Research, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
The Great Lakes Herald vol:8 issue:2 pages:16-39
We compare the wage structure of the Indian bureaucracy with the wage structure recommended by the Arthashastra, a treatise on economics and politics written by Kautilya, the advisor to the Mauryan emperor Chandragupta during the fourth century B.C. As compared to Kautilya’s recommendations, the wages in the Indian bureaucracy are highly egalitarian and far lower than those recommended by Kautilya. It is likely that the existing wage structure creates feeling of inequity in government employees and is likely to lead to inefficiency and corruption.