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The role of discretion is essential for competent decisions by civil servants but it is also among the main reasons for misuse of power. In the backdrop of the statement, discuss how the human conscience can work as an escort for right application of discretion.

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.

6. The role of discretion is essential for competent decisions by civil servants but it is also among the main reasons for misuse of power. In the backdrop of the statement, discuss how the human conscience can work as an escort for right application of discretion. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of human conscience and decision making in public administration.  

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to elaborate in what way the human conscience can work as an escort for right application of discretion.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

Start with importance of discretion in public services and the need for it to be ethically right.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Briefly explain why civil servants require discretion.

Explain good use and misuse of discretion with examples.

Give the meaning of conscience.

 Discuss hoe human conscience act and a guide for appropriate application of discretion.

 Mention some limitations of conscience.

Conclusion:

Even if conscience has subjectivity, it has very well recognized role in guiding human conduct.

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