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Topic: Ethics and Human Interface. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration.
8) Explain what you understand by ethical due diligence.How is it an important value for a civil servant? How would you indoctrinate it?(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is about the concept of ethical due diligence, its importance in civil or public services.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must explain in detail the concept of ethical due diligence, discuss its significance and in the later part of the answer one has to explain how as an individual(as a civil servant) you would inculcate it in your daily life.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Start with importance of ethics in life.
Discuss the concept of due diligence – Diligence is steadfast application, assiduousness and industry—the virtue of hard work. It is one of the seven heavenly virtues. Diligent behaviour is indicative of a work ethic — a belief that work is good in itself.
Then highlight its importance in civil services – why is it essential to profess due diligence? To what extent is it required by civil servants etc.
You can bring in the concept of Diligence in Buddhism, brief upon it.
Discuss how to inculcate it – a strong motivation towards work and by attempting to think of work not only as a means to achieve something bigger and better like prestige, social status, power but as a reward in itself. Hence, this inculcation can only be an intrinsic one by a change in attitude and mindset towards work. While attitude alignment can be done by rewards and punishments coming from an external source, the transcendence of external gratification can only come from within.
Re-assert the importance of due diligence in services.