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) High ethical standards in the civil services are often desired, analyse the significance of having high ethical standards in current bureaucratic structure of the country. (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question aims to discuss and evaluate the need for high ethical standards in the Indian bureaucratic system.
Key demand of the question:
Explain how and why High ethical standards are necessary for civil services.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly state the importance of ethics in general.
Explain how set of values are desirable in civil servants so as to ensure they have an ethical conduct being professed. Explain the reasons that necessitate the high ethical standards in civil services, quote case studies or examples of ethically upright, morally sound civil servants to justify better.
Conclude that civil servants are ultimately responsible and accountable for the varied and multitude of services they provide.so to ensure assurance and in the best interests of society, they have to take care that high ethical standards are being met.