Topic–Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
7) “After a time, civil servants tend to become no longer servants and no longer civil”. Evaluate . (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is in the light of the statement made by Winston Churchill, that highlights the importance of values and ethics in Civil servants .
Key demand of the question:
The answer must provide for a comprehensive analogy of the statement, highlighting the importance of values and ethics amongst civil servants.
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:
Explain briefly the meaning of the quote; what it implies by – “no longer civil” and “no longer servant” .
Discuss how the role of ethics and moral values is significant in bringing good governance through honest civil servants. Discuss the numerous ways to strengthen the moral values in governance through Principle of Selflessness, high integrity, objectivity, accountability etc. demonstrated by civil servants. Substantiate with relevant examples and case studies.
Conclude with importance of values and ethics in civil servants for effective working of governance.