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. Explain the factors which determine an employee’s dedication to public service. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications
Why the question:
The question is based on the theme of dedication to public services.
Key Demand of the question:
One must explain the factors which determine an employee’s dedication to public service.
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:
Start with the definition of Dedication in general; it is the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose, thought or action.
Explain that among the factors that determine a civil servant’s dedication to public service, ‘genuine regard for public good’ and ‘strength of character’ to follow through on that commitment are most important while personal morality is the anchor on which this commitment rests. This work ethos is what drives a dedicated civil servant, no matter what the odds.
However, this work ethos in public servants is sadly an exception and not the norm. It is easy to disregard public service, when officers use their positions of authority as only a means to serve other ends like personal benefits or a higher social status. For public service to be an end in itself, it is important to establish a meritocracy that values strength of character and personal morality, above all.
Conclude that to work for common good is the greatest good.