Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy
4) Do we really need a Chief Secretary in today’s politico-administrative ambience in the States and Union Territories? Critically comment. (250 Words)
Why this question?
This question is very important for Mains. It’s directly related to syllabus. Moreover, as you are aspiring to be either Chief Secretary/Cabinet Secretary in future, knowing in and out of this concept is very important. It’s in news as well (AAP vs CS in Delhi)
Key demand of the question:
Question is indirectly asking you about the important role CS plays in administration. You may go to the extent of saying he is irrelevant, but DON’T take this stand. CS is very much needed. Justify your answer through various examples.
Critically Comment: You should give your opinion based on sound facts and concepts. Critically comment means you should mention why it’s argued CS is irrelevant and repudiate this argument.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, in the light of current event, highlight the central role CS plays and take a stand that he/she is very much relevant.
In the body, divide answer into points/or small paragraphs. In each paragraph, comment on the important role of CS is various aspects of administration (for ex human resource development in the civil services, guardian of civil servants etc).
You should also comment on political interference, transfers, court judgements in this regard and finally suggestions to preserve the sanctity of CS office. (If the directive is Comment, you should give suggestions)
In the conclusion, talk about larger role of civil services in democracy.
(Use the third link to write your answer, it’s very useful).