Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
3) “Conscientious dissent strengthens democracy”. Do you agree with the statement? discuss in the backdrop of recent resignations by civil servants across the country for various causes.(250 words)
Why this question:
Recently Karnataka Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Sashikant Senthil submitted his resignation quoting “fundamental building blocks of democracy were being compromised in an unprecedented manner”.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must elaborate upon the statement in the question and discuss in detail the associated concerns and issues.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the recent incidences of dissent in general.
Explain first the significance of dissent, and discuss the possible underlying causes.
Move on to highlight the significance of these coveted services – For decades, the civil services in India have enjoyed an unparalleled social standing. A share in power, job security, and the possibility of bringing about change has made the profession, particularly the IAS, one of the most coveted in the country.
Discuss the effect it may have in administration system of the country.
Suggest solutions to address the issue.
Conclude that the political class cannot afford to antagonize or alienate the civil servants. They may be there to execute the decisions of the political party in power, but these officers cannot be reduced to political propagandists or dummies for the government. The political class must responsibly respond to such resignations of IAS officers before they become a trend.