Topic: Ethics and Human Interface. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration
7. Diligence is an imperative value for a civil servant as it stems from the belief that work is an end in itself and not a means to an end. Explain. (250 words)
Reference : Ethics by Lexicon
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:
In a few introductory lines define what is diligence.
Discuss the concept of diligence.
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.
Discuss how to inculcate it.
Conclude with significance of diligence in civil services.