Important Aspects of Governance-Transparency and Accountability [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 2 (Governance, Polity, Social Justice, & IR)]: Questions 1 - 6 of 8

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Question 1

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Appeared in Year: 2017

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Simultaneous Election to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies will limit the amount of time and money spent in electioneering but it will reduce the government՚s accountability to the people. Discuss.

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India is one of the largest democratic countries in the world where election is celebrated as biggest carnival. The Election Commission of India is the sole authority to direct, supervise, control and overall responsibility in conducting free and fair elections for tenure of five years for “Lok Sabha” and “state assemblies” respectively, unless dis…

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Question 2

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Discuss the role of Public account committee in establishing accountability of the government to the people.

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Public account committee is a parliamentary committee consisting 15 members from “Lok Sabha” and 7 from “Rajya Sabha” . The members are elected by parliament every year from among its members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of single transferable votes. The chairman of the committee is appointed by speaker. Genera…

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Question 3

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What are the aims and objectives of the McBride Commission of the UNESCO? What is India՚s position on these?

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McBride Commission was a Commission setup under the aegis of UNESCO in 1977 under the chairmanship of Sean McBride to study the communication problems and allegations of dominance by media as well as unbalanced media coverage for a few developed nations by developing countries.

The Commission Report

McBride came up with the report titled “Many voices…

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Question 4

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The Citizen՚s Charter is an ideal instrument of organizational transparency and accountability, but it has its own limitations. Identify the limitations and suggest measures for greater effectiveness of the Citizen՚s Charters.

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  • A Citizens Charter represents the commitment of an organization towards standard, quality and time frame of service delivery, grievance redressal mechanism, transparency and accountability. Based on the anticipated expectations and aspirations of public. The citizen charter enables the service seekers to avail the services of the government departm…

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Question 5

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“Policy contradictions among various competing sectors and stakeholders have resulted in inadequate protection and prevention of degradation to environment.” Comment with relevant illustrations.

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  • Policy contradiction adversely affects common people and environment at a large scale. The level and pattern of economic development also affect the nature of environmental problems. India ranked 177 out 180 countries in Environment Protection index. This reflects the poor status of policies regarding to environment in our country.
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Question 6

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Accountability in school education system is necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. Comment. (150 Words)

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  • A quality education is the foundation of sustainable development. As a policy intervention, education is a force multiplier which enables self-reliance, boosts economic growth by enhancing skills, and improves people՚s lives by opening up opportunities for better livelihoods. Hence achieving Sustainable Developmental Goal 4 is importan…

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