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.
7. Neutrality is an essential ingredient of civil service in a democratic setup for the integrity and the efficiency of administration. Comment. (150 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Conceptual Tuesdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.
Key Demand of the question: To explain the role of neutrality in civil services.
Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Start by defining neutrality.
Elaborate upon as to how civil service should give free and frank advice to the government impartially and without any political consideration. It also means the implementation of the decisions of the government by the civil service faithfully whether such decisions were in consonance with their advice or not. Substantiate with examples.
Conclude by mentioning as to how the above will lead integrity and efficiency in the administration.