Topic– Part of static series under the heading -Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service
5) Examine how a neutral bureaucracy can take India forward on the path envisaged by our founding fathers?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain what is meant by neutral bureaucracy as opposed to committed bureaucracy and thereafter, using illustrations, explain how a neutral bureaucracy can take India closer to the ideals as enshrined in the constitution.
Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain about the recent incident where a group of civil servants post retirement have written a letter in public domain flagging certain issues with governance.
- Explain what civil services neutrality is and how it differs from committed bureaucracy
- Explain the advantages of having civil services neutrality and how it results in better upholding of the principles enshrined in the constitution.
- Give your view on the role played by retired bureaucrats in flagging issues with governance and how officers who are in service should react in such situations.
Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view on the issue and discuss way forward.