Probity in Governance [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 4 (Ethics)]: Questions 16 - 19 of 26

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Question 16

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Indoctrination of trainees in ethical behaviour will not be successful unless the very recruitment process is overhauled to select ethical individuals into civil services. Comment. (150 Words)

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Introduction:

  • Public service is a ‘vocation’ and only on this foundation upon which a moral and responsible government can be based. The civil servants need to be people of absolute integrity, ethics and morality because only then they can take the civil service as a ‘vocation’ .
  • It strengthens the sense of mission which a civil servant is supposed t…

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Question 17

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Examine the relevance of the following in the context of civil service: (150 Words)

(a) Transparency

(b) Accountability

(c) Fairness and justice

(d) Courage of conviction

(e) Spirit of service

A civil servant is an important link between the government and the common people. Hence certain qualities have strong significance for a civil servant.

Explanation

Transparency:

  • All decisions are taken in a fair manner following all the rules.
  • Administration should not only be fair but must also appear to be fair.
  • Rules and regulations should be simple and easily understood by all.

Accountability:

  • Decisions are not made in a random fashion but must have some reason behind them.
  • A civil servant must be able to justi…

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Question 18

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Appeared in Year: 2014

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What do you understand by ‘probity’ in public life? What are the difficulties in practicing it in the present times? How can these difficulties be overcome?

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  • “Apart from the traditional civil service values of efficiency, integrity, accountability and patriotism, it is necessary for civil servants to inculcate and adopt ethical and moral values including probity in public life, respect for human rights and compassion for the downtrodden and commitment to their welfare” . (Second ARC)
  • Probity in governanc…

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Question 19

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Appeared in Year: 2019

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Building permitted for three floors, while being extended illegally to 6 floors by a builder, collapses. As a consequence, a number of innocent labourers including women and children died. These labourers are migrants of different places. The government immediately announced cash relief to the aggrieved families and arrested the builder.

Give reasons for such incidents taking place across the country. Suggest measures to prevent their occurrence. (250 words, 20 marks)

Explanation

The case involves following ethical issues and values:

  • Lack of respect for the law
  • Safety of workers at the work place
  • Value of money over value of life
  • Exploitation of migrant workers
  • Compensatory attitude of the government – cash relief to victim՚s family, which is curative rather than preventive.
  • Responsibility of government to provide justice to work…

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