Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
7) Delineate role of integrity and impartiality in public administration.(250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon
Why this question:
The question is intended to evaluate the importance of of integrity and impartiality in public administration.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the importance of of integrity and impartiality in public administration, how they are different from each other.
Structure of the answer:
In a few introductory lines define what you understand by Integrity and impartiality, In what context they apply to public services.
- What is integrity in public service? – Integrity means earning and sustaining public trust by: serving the public interest, using powers responsibly, for the purpose and in the manner for which they were intended, acting with honesty and transparency, making reasoned decisions without bias by following fair and objective processes preventing and addressing improper conduct, disclosing facts without hiding or distorting them, not allowing decisions or actions to be influenced by personal or private interests.
- How is it different from Impartiality ? – Impartiality means that, regardless of a public servants personal beliefs and preferences, and personal relationships with other servants or with members of the community; he or she must impartially serve the government of the day and treat members of the public and other public servants fairly and impartially. Impartiality implies tolerance and restraint, particularly in dealing with political or religious convictions.
- Explain their importance in public administration.
Conclude with importance of such traits and their necessity in public administration.