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.
6) Discuss seven essential principle tenets of public services that serve as an ethical guide for civil servants.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is in the context of Nolan Principles established by the Committee on Standards in Public Life by the UK government. The recommendations of this committee are of prime importance from the point of view of the GS paper IV.
Key demand of the question:
The question wants us to elaborate upon the seven principles of standards in public life as enunciated by the Nolan Committee report.
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:
Begin with Importance of ethics in public services, brief upon how service without ethics is no service at all.
Discuss in detail the Nolan principles of public life viz.
Discuss each of these principles in detail, possibly with short examples
Then highlight the need of such principles and direct how these are quintessential in the working of public services.
Conclude that along with these key principles there are many others that complement the ethical functioning of public servants .