Topic : Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
6. “When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property”. Illustrate the essence of the statement. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is based on the fact that Public employment carries with it a unique obligation to uphold the public trust.
Key Demand of the question:
Discuss in detail the essence of the statement as to in what way Public employment carries with it a unique obligation to uphold the public trust.
Illustrate – A similar instruction to ‘explain’ whereby you are asked to show the workings of something, making use of definite examples and statistics if appropriate to add weight to your explanation.
Structure of the answer:
Define what is public employment and trust associated with it.
Explain that Public employment carries with it a unique obligation to uphold the public trust. It is the confidence of the people that directs and empowers authorities to perform their duties and obligations in accordance to what they ought to deliver to the people who put them in position.
Further trust can only be maintained through open, honest, accountable and transparent government, fundamentally through good governance. This requires healthy public and private relationships. The national interest should overpower self-interest and conduct of the civil servant should be in tune to the professional values.
He should work selflessly to demonstrate the highest standards of professional competence, efficiency and effectiveness, upholding the Constitution and the laws, and seeking to advance the public good at all times and should put possibilities for personal advantage to one side.
Public servants should work for betterment of society by sticking to their duties as prescribed according to law along with integrity and honesty.
Conclude with importance.