Topic: Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct
7) Do you think the public service values and the Code of Ethics should be given a statutory backing? Justify.(150 Words)
Why this question?
ARC has recommended this step. It’s important in the larger context of civil services reforms in India.
Key demand of the question:
Your opinion regarding giving public service values and code of ethics a statutory backing is needed. You should write briefly on public service values and code of ethics and then justify why they should be included in a legislation(civil services bill) or not.
Justify: Through various reasonings, defend why you have taken a specific stance.
Structure of Answer:
Write an introduction on the need for inculcating public service values in public servants and how India has failed to do so. Then write a line stating your opinion (should these be part of legislation or not)
In the body, first define what’s public service values and code of ethics (with examples).
Then, once again state your opinion and start defending it. There should be at least 5-6 good points. Start with ARC recommendation. You can refer to ARC Here(285-287) for more points. Also use your own arguments. Give current examples which have necessitated giving code of ethics statutory backing.
In the conclusion write in 1-2 lines about complimenting this step with other reforms related to recruitment, training etc.
TIP: In GS-4 answers, examples are extremely important. On day to day basis, note down any interesting example from newspapers to quote in ethics answers.