Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy.
3) Lateral entry in government at Joint Secretary level comes not a day too soon. Critically analyze.(250 words)
Why this question
Lateral entry in government service is an idea often discussed and has finally been implemented. Analyzing this decision is important for mains.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the pros and cons of the move and express our opinion on whether lateral entry is much needed at present.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. You need to conclude with a fair judgement, after analyzing the nature of each component part and interrelationship between them.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Mention the advertisement by GoI regarding lateral entry.
Body – Discuss the pros and cons of the move. In pros section analyze the recommendations of the various committees which have analyzed this question, our past experiences, requirement in modern economy where state has taken the key seat, in depth knowledge of subjects for policy making etc. Discuss the cons such as lack of on ground experience, little idea about the administrative leviathan etc. Present your view on whether the move is a right one considering the time we live in.
Conclusion – Mention the way forward.