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Question 44

Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration
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Appeared in Year: 2019

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Strength, peace and security are considered to be the pillars of international relations. Elucidate. (150 words, 10 marks)

Explanation

[Tolerance, forgiveness, mercy are revered by the world when the power of the force shines behind it] This stanza from Ramdhari Singh Dinkar explains how all attributes are complementary and supplementary to each other in international relations.

  • Strength is sometime required to enforce the mutually agreeable decisions in the larger interest of all.

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Question 45

Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration
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You are a Head of Department in a premier University. Recently a clerical staff in your department was terminated from the job as he was found under the influence of alcohol during office hours. In the previous month there were a lot of complaints regarding his poor quality of work, tardiness and some incoherent behavior. Later you came to know that this change in behavior was concurrent with the death of his wife after a prolonged illness. It has also made him debt ridden. This may be further compounded by the fact that he has a daughter to marry off soon and a differently abled son to take care of. He desperately needs a job. He has applied for a position at a private University and has already given your name as a reference. He pleads you to give him a good recommendation and not mention his drinking, which he assures you is now under control. He also asks you to mention that he voluntarily left the University to address a family medical crisis and that the University was pleased with his work. You like this person and believe that he is a good worker when he is not drinking. But you doubt whether he has really overcome his drinking problem. Valid arguments can be advanced, both, for rejecting his plea with the consequence that his condition may become even worse and for accepting his plea with a noble intention, but keeping the third party in dark. What could those arguments be? Could there be any better way to get out of this dilemma? If so, outline the main elements of this third way, pointing out its merits. (250 words) 20

Approach: The answer must show an ethical conflict between the need to abide by the rules of recruitment (i. e. Rule of Law) versus showing empathy and compassion for someone who due to taxing circumstances may have astray the right path. Arguments both for and against the decision must be shown. Finally, devise a mechanism wherein without compromising with the Rules and without keeping the other institutions in dark, a compassionate solution may be created for the strayed man.

Explanation

Arguments for Rejecting the Plea of the Ex-Clerical Staff

  • The merit of this option is that it is strictly as per the Rules of the Recruitment. An alcoholic or even a reasonable suspect should not be appointed. Thus, Rule of Law is followed.
  • By rejecting the plea, the HoD will be merely telling the Statement of Fact. It cannot be said that he is rejec

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