Probity in Governance [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 4 (Ethics)]: Questions 13 - 15 of 26

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Question 13

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Appeared in Year: 2019

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There is a view that the official secrets act is an obstacle to the implementation of the Rights to Information act. Do you agree with the view? Discuss (150 words) (10 marks)

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  • The official secrets act was formulated in order to prevent important government documents from entering the public domain. These important documents refer to those which consist of sensitive information like those of Defence.
  • It has been said that this act is an obstacle to the implementation of Right to information act, which is true in some cases…

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Question 14

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Discuss the solutions to address corruption problem in public-sector banking system. (150 Words)

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‘If you owe the bank a hundred thousand dollars, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank a hundred million dollars, you own the bank.’ This American proverb alludes to the dangers of corruption, nepotism and cronyism in the banking sector. Often ignored, corruption in the financial services sector can have deep and far-reaching consequences for an e…

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Question 15

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Appeared in Year: 2013

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“You are working as an Executive Engineer in the construction cell of a Municipal Corporation and are presently in-charge of the construction of a flyover. There are two Junior Engineers under you who have the responsibility of day-to-day inspection of the site and are reporting to you, while you are finally reporting to the Chief Engineer who heads the cell. While the construction is heading towards completion, the Junior Engineers have been regularly reporting that all construction is taking place as per design specifications. However, in one of your surprise inspections, you have noticed some serious deviations and lacunae which, in your opinion, are likely to affect the safety of the flyover. Rectification of these lacunae at this stage would require a substantial amount of demolition and rework which will cause a tangible loss to the contractor and will also delay completion. There is a lot of public pressure on the Corporation to get this construction completed because of heavy traffic congestion in the area. When you brought this matter to the notice of the Chief Engineer, he advised you that in his opinion it is not a very serious lapse and may be ignored. He advised for further expediting the project for completion in time. However, you are convinced that this was a serious matter which might affect public safety and should not be left unaddressed.”

What will you do in such a situation? Some of the options are given below. Evaluate the merits and demerits of each of these options and finally suggest what course of action you would like to take, giving reasons.

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Following are the challenges in front of this writer:

  • There is an immense pressure on the Corporation for finishing the project on time.
  • The executive engineer has two subordinates, one of them has not followed the design schematic.
  • There is a serious risk of the bridge collapsing due to the sheer traffic.
  • Reconstruction of the bridge will …

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