Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Social empowerment, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
1) Just as India has committed to moving up the ranks in Ease of Doing Business indicators, a similar commitment should be made on the ‘Ease of living’. Comment in view of prevailing corruption practices with special focus on bureaucracy.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article captures the dismay of the Indian bureaucratic system with respect to corruption.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss in detail the causes and consequences and need to move towards achieving ease of living.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In short explain the findings of the report.
First explain why Citizens across urban and rural India find it difficult to get work done in government offices without connections or giving bribes.
Explain the underlying causes with examples.
Discuss the policies or initiatives being taken by the govt. in this direction.
Conclude with solutions such as – technology-based interventions to reduce bureaucratic discretion and make processes transparent and quicker, make the local bureaucracy and front line staff more accountable, efficient and responsive to the citizens – reducing vacancies, outsourcing some tasks to private firms, and opening up grievance cells in government departments etc.