Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration.
7) Examine the relevance of Probity and Integrity to civil services. Justify your answer using a suitable case study. (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of the syllabus, it aims to evaluate the significance of virtues – probity and Integrity to civil services.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss what you understand by probity and integrity? What is its relevance and significance to civil services?
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.
Structure of the answer:
In a few introductory lines suggest importance of such virtues to civil services.
The answer must have the following points of discussions:
- What is probity in ethics? – Probity is the evidence of ethical behaviour in a particular process. For Government employees and agencies, maintaining probity involves more than simply avoiding corrupt or dishonest conduct. It involves applying public sector values such as impartiality, accountability and transparency.
- What is Integrity? – Integrity is following strong moral principles while Probity of having strong moral principle.
- Their importance to civil services?
Conclude with importance of such virtues to civil servants.