Topic– Role of civil services in a democracy.
3) Evaluate the claim that amended PoCA is excessively favourable to public servants? (250 words)
Why this question
The amendments to PoCA have been long debated. Vociferous voices can be heard on both sides of the debate – those in favour of freeing the bureaucracy from the stranglehold of prosecution even for honest mistakes vs those who feel that amendments represent a dilution of PoCA. This debate becomes important for mains in light of the amendments under discussion.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to examine the amendments to PoCA and discuss whether they are in sync with the needs of a bureaucracy which has to be dynamic and responsive to ever changing needs , or whether they amount to dilution of PoCA.
Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences. You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Mention the context of the entire debate surrounding PoCA
Body – explain the relevant amendments under question. Discuss whether they are meant to protect bureaucrats from frivolous complaints and investigation, whether they accord greater freedom to the bureaucrats to take decisions without fear, whether it would prevent policy paralysis , or , whether they dilute the anti corruption architecture in place for civil servants.
Conclusion – Give your view on the debate and discuss ways to ensure effective checks in the present system .