Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 4 (Ethics)]: Questions 50 - 53 of 59

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You are a civil servant posted in a state where elections were recently held. The newly elected Chief Minister had promised to ban alcohol in several of his election campaigns as well as his election manifesto, which was widely praised and supported by women of the state. Fulfilling his electoral promise, the Chief Minister has ordered a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol in the state. Following the ban, concerns have been raised about the feasibility of the ban and whether the government should interfere in what is considered by many to be a matter of personal choice.

Question 50 (1 of 3 Based on Passage)

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Appeared in Year: 2019

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Is blanket ban on alcohol a feasible action?

Explanation

While Assessing Whether Blanket Ban is Feasible, Both Advantages and Disadvantages Have to be Analyzed

Advantages

  • Fewer cases of domestic violence and relatively safe environment for children.
  • Improvement in health of people leading to decreased burden on government services such as hospitals, medicine stores etc.
  • Increase in household savings.
  • It can l…

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Question 51 (2 of 3 Based on Passage)

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Identify the issues that may arise while enforcing the ban and the steps you will take to handle them, as a civil servant.

Question 52 (3 of 3 Based on Passage)

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Who are the stakeholders in this case and how are they affected by the ban?

Question 53

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You are the CEO of a social media company that has a wide user base. The social network offered by your company has emerged as a platform for people to interact with each other and share news, opinions etc. However, at the same time, women are being repeatedly harassed and cyber bullied through this network. Whenever any instance of harassment is brought to notice of the company, your staff members immediately deactivate the account of the culprit. However, since new accounts can be created easily, such incidents continue to happen. Also, the system to verify one՚s account details has been deemed lax by public authorities and human rights groups. But in order to increase the user base, you have to ensure that it is easy for a new user to sign up. Increase in the user base leads to more advertisements on your network, which is a source of huge annual turnover for the company. At the same time, in wake of increasing instances of harassment, you also need to tighten the process of creating new accounts and deactivate or delete the ones being misused.

(a) Highlight the options available to you in this scenario and evaluate each of them. What course of action will you take and why?

(b) Is there a need for having reasonable restrictions on social media for it to remain a platform of healthy and fruitful engagement? Analyze from the viewpoint of different stakeholders.

Explanation

Give a brief summary of the situation and mention the stakeholders involved.

Evaluate some of the options available to you.

State your course of action, giving reasons.

Comment on whether there is a need for having reasonable restrictions on social media from the perspective of different stakeholders.

  • Brief summary: In this situation, the social media …

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