Probity in Governance [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 4 (Ethics)]: Questions 20 - 22 of 26

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Question 20

Probity in Governance
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Transparency is necessary for making the system of public service delivery effective to enable the citizens such that they are able to exercise their claims. Discuss.

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  • Transparency is necessary for making the system of public service delivery effective to enable the citizens such that they are able to exercise their claims. However, mere knowledge of what entitlements are, and who is responsible for fulfilling them, is not enough in ensuring that public services are adequately and effectively delivered to the ‘in…

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Question 21

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What do you understand by probity in governance? Based on your understanding of the term, suggest measures for ensuring probity in government. (150 words)

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Probity in Governance is concerned with the propriety and character of various organs of the government as to whether these uphold the procedural uprightness, regardless of the individuals manning these institutions.

Importance of Probity in Governance

  • Foremost, it helps build up the legitimacy of the system, i.e.. the state. It builds trusts in the …

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Question 22

Probity in Governance
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Appeared in Year: 2019

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You are a Public Information Officer (PIO) in a government department. You are aware that the RTI Act 2005 envisages transparency and accountability in administration. The act has functioned as a check on the supposedly arbitrarily administrative behavior and actions. However, as a PIO you have observed that there are citizens who filed RTI applications not for themselves but on behalf of such stakeholders who purportedly want to have access to information to further their own interests. At the same time there are these RTI activists who routinely file RTI applications and attempt to extort money from the decision makers. This type of RTI activism has affected the functioning of the administration adversely and also possibly jeopardizes the genuineness of the applications which are essentially aimed at getting justice.

What measures would you suggest to separate genuine and non-genuine applications? Give merits and demerits of your suggestions. (250 words, 20 marks)

Explanation

The case brings to light how a well-intentioned legislation like RTI act which acts as common good and tool for good governance can be misused. This situation highlights the fact that not only good intention but also good implementation is required.

Following are some other issues involved in this case:

  • Power without responsibility - for those who se…

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