7)Discuss why ethical standards are important in the delivery of public services.(250 words)

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Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;

7)Discuss why ethical standards are important in the delivery of public services.(250 words)

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Why this question

The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading-

Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to bring out reasons as to why it is essential to follow ethical standards in the delivery of public service.

Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive, which mandates us to write at length about the key demand of the question- why we need to be ethical in public service.

We have to give reasons/ justifications in favour of the statement.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – briefly discuss the importance and role of public service in a modern society.

Body– mention that it is essential to have in place and follow ethical standards in the delivery of public service. Then discuss in points why it is essential.

E.g outcomes for society are better when the decisions of public office holders are made fairly and on merit and not influenced by personal and private interests; low levels of corruption and confidence in the integrity of the trading and operating environment are crucial factors in the functioning of advanced democracies;  high standards benefit the economy through their effect on international confidence; impartiality and objectivity increases predictability, which improves economic efficiency etc.

Conclusion– Form a fair, balanced and a concise conclusion based on the above discussion.